Sunday, March 18, 2012
The Virtues of a Small Publisher: Some Negatives
So there's one of the downsides of selling your own books, a must regardless of what publisher you have. The weather is rarely your friend. When it is, you find people are doing something other than buying books!
I promised we would continue our discussion of small publishers. Not everyone finds advantages in going with a small press. Hand selling in venues such as beer festivals for me or book events allows writers to meet the reading public, but weather is a consideration and so are the long hours of work with sometimes little return.
What are some of the difficulites you've encountered with a small publisher and how have you handled these? Some writers find another publisher, others seek out an agent to get them into the larger houses, and there is always the choice of self publishing and/or epublishing. What has worked for you?
As for me, I dress in layers (wool socks are my friend), I am published with several small publishers, I epublished one of my books, published with an epublisher, and now have an agent. This girl does not put her eggs in one basket.
Let us know your strategy. Sharing what you've discovered may help other writers as they try to aovid the potholes in this bumpy road to publishing.
Posted by Lesley Diehl at 1:20 PM