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Old 05-08-2018, 04:27 AM
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I’m Michelle one of the founders of Crooks Press, I found your post online and I’d like to respond.

We are a small, independent business originally from Melbourne, Australia. We started our career as freelance designers and the publishing company was created in part after we were approached by a number of artist directories. After looking at their product and delivery, we thought we could do it better (and we think we do!) We started the business from home in 2015, and every day since then we’ve been working on how to make it better for the creatives and business we work with. We’re also proud to donate 100% of proceeds from book sales to Book Aid International

For those that don’t know, a creative directory is a publication featuring a selection of artists and designers working in a specific creative discipline. Creative directories are commonly sent to a range of businesses, agencies and brands for free to use as a resource to use to hire external creatives. As the potential clients receive the books free of charge, the production and publication costs are offset by the payment the artist makes to be included in the publication. This is common practice in the industry and other creative directory titles include Luerzers Archive and Workbook.

We take immense pride in the crafting our publications. All Capsules books are hardback directories printed on FSC certified paper stock and housed within a slipcase incorporating foil stamping or embellishments and delivered in bespoke branded mailer packaging. We’ve spent A LOT of time on this, and we think it’s totally worth it - as creatives we know, appearance is everything!

Head over to our website or our Instagram to see testimonials from the creatives we have featured in our books speak for themselves in regard to their experiences and how they have professionally benefitted.

Whilst you’re here - I’d also like to let you know about our range of free artist creative resources including vector and texture packs which you can download with no obligation! They are completely free of charge for you to use commercially and we offer a new pack every month to download. You can access these here: https://capsulesbook.com/resources

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Old 05-08-2018, 09:33 AM
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Re: Been approached by a publisher - don't know what to make of it.

I got one of these types of things through instagram from an art magazine which basically said "we've selected you for our competition, please respond with money and some examples of your work". Needless to say I binned that. A good rule of thumb for the art world that I go by is that if I'm the one having to pay, then it's a bad deal.
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:49 PM
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Re: Been approached by a publisher - don't know what to make of it.

It could be bait. It might not be bait. And I might not even be the best person to reply to this because I have no experience in this field. But I would weigh my options carefully and do some research on the company, and possibly even ask some of the artists who have been involved with this particular publishing company what they think I should do. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:33 PM
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Re: Been approached by a publisher - don't know what to make of it.

I got something vaguely similar to this thread.

Is this a scam?

My name is Karen, I represent Capsules Book, a premium boutique publisher. We produce creative directories and arts publications to showcase the portfolio highlights of the world’s leading artists and designers.

We were really impressed with your portfolio of work which we discovered via: .... We would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming publication, Drawn Volume.3, Leaders In Contemporary Illustration.

We created this webpage for you to find out more about Drawn Volume.3.

Please also join our community on Instagram via: @capsulesbook

If you would like to know more information about our publication service fees to participate in Drawn Volume.3, please let me know and I will be more than happy to provide you with further information.
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Re: Been approached by a publisher - don't know what to make of it.

Either way, I wouldn't risk it. I don't think that this is the oportunity of a lifetime and also recommend to play safe in this case.
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:35 PM
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Re: Been approached by a publisher - don't know what to make of it.

I got one too - they emailed me from my instagram. It's now in my spam box.

It's sad that artists are targeted in this way. What a world.

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