You should probably read this blog:
It's a list of bad/problematic publishing houses available to writers. Whitmore's listing there has a bit more to do with its parent company, but I have heard a couple of bad things about them from various friends, mainly for clauses in the contract rather than working with them.
Oh, and remember you can read their offer/contract etc before refusing to publish with them. So you don't need to say no right up front, but you might need a friend who understands legal jargon to help you out.
You should be aware of any clauses in a contract that binds you to show your next work to them for "First Refusal", this means anything you write after you've signed up with them for the contract stated period must be shown to them first and they get the right to publish or refuse before you can show it to someone else.
This leads to a lot of trouble, possible plagiarism and ghost writing of your book, delays in getting your idea out there (you could wait months for a reply, then if it's a no you're back to square one, when you could've published elsewhere). They would try to bind you to the same payment scale, even if the book would be your second work and possibly more successful. So be careful.
· 7 years ago