For any aspiring authors out there, this may be a suitable cautionary tale:
I have had one dealing with the person referred to (I believe… at least, it was one of his presses), and was so definitively rejected I laughed. He said he never wanted to see any of my work ever again. After one story sub. Apparently I’m shit. Well, I know I’m not great, but I like to think 20+ publishing credits means a little something. Anyway, I may have dodged a bullet. Dunno. But I think this shows the value of asking questions and researching who’s out there.
Edit Update: Found this as well, about the same guy:
Edit Update #2: this story is gaining lots of legs. This link includes a heap about watching the language of small presses and their contracts: