|Virtues of a Small Publisher Sleuthfest Panel Members: Back row from left: Lesley Diehl, Cindy Cromer, Mike Dennis; Front row from left: Lynnette Hallberg, Marty Ambrose|
Myths about small publishers abound. You pay them. Not true. That's a vanity press. They have no way of distributing your books once they are in print. That depends upon the publisher, but most use Ingram and Baker and Taylor, as do the larger houses. Your local bookstore cannot return the books. Also not true in most cases. There is no vetting process nor editing with a small publisher. Again that varies from house to house.
I'm certain there are other myths. I'd like to take this blog to clear up misconceptions about small publishers as well as be honest about what a small publisher can and cannot do for you. This week I'd like your input on why you decided to go with a small publisher. It's your decision whether you want to name your publisher or not, but I'd like to hear about the paths you took to publication and how they are working for you.
In the next few weeks we'll be talking about other aspects of going with a small publisher,so stay tuned here.