A good post encouraging us to research our choices before we leap into them – no matter what those choices may be.

Creative State of Mind

Today, we’re going to talk about the plague of independent publishers. There are more small presses than any of us could possibly count. They pop up seemingly overnight, publish ten or two-hundred books or so, and then vanish, often leaving bewildered authors to pick up the pieces of their publishing careers. Though there are vanity presses and scammers intent on defrauding authors, there are many small publishers who started their company with the very best of intentions.

I’d like to believe that most small presses set up shop with the intent to help authors and perhaps make a bit of money in the process. I’d like to hope these well-meaning entrepreneurs have a solid business plan, a proven marketing model, and good financial backing before they undertake such a venture. I’d like to hope the publishing company and their authors will thrive, eventually growing the business and becoming successful, respected…

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8 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Jo! A lot of self-published authors also choose traditional publishing. There’s no reason why they can’t. This article is excellent advice for any self-published author who is thinking of putting a book or two (or more) into the hands of a publisher. A publisher’s reputation is important. I hope authors heed Tricia Drammeh’s advice and do their research.

    1. Yep! No one way is ever right for everyone 🙂 The secret is just to know what you’re getting into.

  2. dm yates says:

    Great article and I so agree. Being an Indie Author anymore is like walking on a tightrope and wondering who actually holds the net.

    1. I think it’s that way being an author anywhere, anymore. It’s all a matter of waiting for it to crash down, whether it’s a publisher or the indie movement in general.

      1. I was thinking this the other day. There is no security in this business.

        1. Yep. Though I suppose there isn’t in any business. Look at how many laces have closed that looked like they were sure things?

  3. As I said in my comment on the original blog…a publisher would have to offer me a BIG advance for me to consider publishing with them.

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