I've been wondering about this for a while now and I wonder if anyone out there knows anything about it. Is Hard Shell Word Factory still in business? They were the first generation epublishers along with New Concepts Publishing, DiskUs Publishing, and Awe-Struck. DiskUs Publishing has turned itself into a Southern Mom & Pop recipes-and-kids book publisher the last I check but Hard Shell doesn't seem to be updating its website at all. The promised new releases since January 2008 have not been added to the website, so I can only assume that there are all kinds of problems at that place. And yet no one is saying anything, which I find rather odd.
This is what Piers Anthony's report has to dish about Hard Shell Word Factory:
April 2006 update: They are now accepting submissions for their four volume Chronicles of Egypt anthology: one volume each for Horror, Mystery, Romance, and science fiction . Um, correction: because I review these sites once a year, I am behind the times; the deadlines for Horror and Romance have passed, but you can still catch the others. They want 25,000 word novellas. Check their site for specifics. They bremain closed to regular submissions. April 2007 update: That Chronicles of Egypt anthology remains listed, though all its publication deadlines are past. This is not promising. But they still hope to reopen regular submissions soon. June 2007 update: a report of problems galore. "Too bad because it used to be THE epub."
What is going on with Hard Shell Word Factory? Anyone knows?