CONSIDER SMALL PUBLISHERS

No doubt I have written about the pros and cons of small publishers, but my enthusiasm for small publishers has increased over the past few weeks as my newly acquired small publisher and I have dealt with getting my first book released.

What a pleasure to know that when I email him with a question, he is right there to help me out. He doesn’t have a problem knowing what book I’m talking about. I’ve had some hair raising experiences with larger publishers. Not their fault at all, they are just snowed under with too much work, too many manuscripts, too many writers and too few editors.
My small publisher is Old American Publishing. This is my first book with them, but I am hoping to do more.
A few things to watch out for when looking for a publisher for your work. This can’t be said too often. Check guidelines very carefully. Don’t waste their time and yours by sending a manuscript that doesn’t fit their criteria. Most small independent publishers specialize. So sending a how-to book to a publisher of narrative nonfiction would be like going to a brain surgeon to have your broken leg set.
Some writers feel their work is so outstanding that any publisher would like to publish it. That just isn’t true. These small publishers build up a good readership by sticking to one type or style of books. Old American publishes historical nonfiction, and prefers the creative nonfiction style which allows the writer to become a part of the story. Further, they prefer stories about communities, counties, etc., with a population of at least 10,000 to insure good sales on the books.
Here are two organizations that can help you research for small publishers. Spawn is one and another is the Small Publishing Association of North America. If you are going to Google for publishers, be sure you ask for precisely what you want. Many self-publishing companies come up when you request small publishers. Go into detail. For instance, request Sci Fi small publishers or historical nonfiction small publishers. Make sure you enclose requests within quotation marks to narrow your search. Check any of these out carefully, read their websites to make sure you are submitting to a publisher who can consider your writing.
Writers Market is also a good place to search, but you do have to join and pay a yearly fee. Whatever you decide about getting your work published, double check everything from guidelines to the company itself. To check on publishers, go here.
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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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5 Responses to CONSIDER SMALL PUBLISHERS

  1. Sheila Deeth says:

    An old Writers' Market can be helpful (and cheap) if not too old. You can use the internet to check that the information's not changed.

  2. Heidiwriter says:

    I agree, Velda, I love working with my small publisher!Heidi

  3. Good idea from Sheila. Not always a good idea to throw those old Writers' Markets away, is it?

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