In today’s column, I’m looking at publishing with a small press or independent publisher and what the pros and cons of going in this direction are. This includes digital first publications which seem to be huge, especially with Covid-19 and more people reading eBooks. The links I’ve chosen today are a mix of lessons, tips and advice, and a big list of the best small and indie publishers out there. Most writers will be familiar with Bookouture who seem to be the leading force when it comes to digital publishers, but how do you know if this is going to be right for you and your story? Hopefully the links I’ve chosen today will help answer this.
- https://blog.reedsy.com/small-press/ – What is a Small Press, and Should You Publish with One?: This post answers a number of questions to do with small press publications including a list of the pros and cons, what small press distribution is like, and fills in all the blanks so you can make an informed decision on whether or not to submit your book.
- https://thewritelife.com/small-press-publishing/ – 7 Lessons From Publishing My Book with a Small Press: This post is great if you want to know what publishing with a small press is like from an author’s perspective. It looks at slow months, why sales aren’t the most important thing, putting yourself out there, why it’s important to keep writing, and why trying something is better than trying nothing. It’s an excellent read if you want to get an insiders point of view.
- https://www.standoutbooks.com/small-press-publishing/ – What You Need to Know About Publishing with a Small Press: This article begins by explaining what a small press is followed by the advantages of working with a small press. There are a number of advantages listed including more freedom, faster turnaround, being eligible for awards, and more flexible contracts. It also looks at the disadvantages which include things like smaller marketing budgets, smaller advances, and smaller distribution. It is well worth the read if you are thinking about submitting to a small press or independent publisher.
- https://www.tckpublishing.com/complete-guide-to-small-press-publishing-for-writers/ – Complete Guide to Small Press Publishing: This article covers the good, the bad, and the ugly of small presses and it is aimed at writers who are getting ready to embark on the submission process. It looks at three different experiences of working with a small press which includes a great experience, an okay experience, and a bad experience so you can see the pitfalls and what to avoid. There’s a section that explains what a small press is and the different types of small presses. There is also a section on how to find reputable small presses to submit to.
- https://thejohnfox.com/2017/09/30-best-small-indie-literary-publishers/ – 30 Best Small and Indie Literary Publishers: This is a great collection of small presses that you can submit to. It includes publishers for every genre include romance, YA, mystery, thriller, and more. It’s a great list to bookmark so you can go through it when you are ready to begin submitting.
- https://www.janefriedman.com/evaluate-small-publisher/ – How to Evaluate Small Publishers – Plus Digital-Only Presses and Hybrids: This is an in depth article from Jane Friedman that looks at everything a writer needs to know about small presses and digital only publication. It explains the four main duties of a publisher and the questions you should ask before signing anything. It looks at how smaller presses sell your books and questions you should ask about this as well as a section on marketing and publicity, again with questions you need to ask. There is a section on how to compare the publisher’s value to their contract and a big section on hybrid publishing.
- https://medium.com/the-nonconformist/the-big-big-list-of-indie-publishers-and-small-presses-5e83e9522b5c – The Big, Big List of Indie Publishers and Small Presses: This is a long list of over 150 small presses and independent publishers that you can research when it comes time to begin submitting your manuscript. The list is in alphabetical order with a little bit of information on each and then a link to their submission guidelines. It is a list that you should bookmark so you can refer back to it.
- https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/1020/after-publication/working-with-your-publisher/ – Going Small: Working with a Small Press Publisher: This is another article that details what it is like to work with a small press publisher with quotes from a number of authors and some tips at the end. It has lots of great information in it and reminders writers that the Big 5 aren’t always the best choice.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all these links and now have a good understanding of working with a small press or independent publisher and how to avoid the pitfalls. There is some great advice and tips in each of the links I’ve chosen. If there is a topic you’d like to see me cover, all you need to do is get in touch with me via any of my social media links.
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