Self Published – Now what?

When I wrote my first novel, I took advantage of some time off from my day job to work on it at a break neck speed. Unfortunately as previously mentioned, I currently lack that extra free time. In fact I have even less time now as I still am trying to promote the first book.

I chose to self publish the first time for a number of reasons. Yes I wanted to maintain creative control of the process, but it also helped me meet my own speed to market goal. While I’ve written as a hobby off and on for years, I am fully aware that the degree in Engineering on my resume gives me negative points for language proficiency. We, as a breed, aren’t exactly recognized as being the greatest of communicators. If you are thinking about that Dilbert clip about Dilbert as a child being diagnosed as having ‘the knack,’ rest assured, its been forwarded to me – multiple times.

I still may choose to self publish in the future, but I feel it is in my best interest to at least consider going with a small press publisher. What is the worst that could happen, they send me a deal I can’t accept, or the story isn’t a fit for them, in either case, my experience with the self publishing route proves that I have options.

I’ve read that you don’t have to have a completed manuscript in order to begin soliciting publishing deals. Jane Friedman wrote about some basic tips for writing a novel synopsis  in her blog, as did Gary Smailes on his, but neither provide tips for a step equally importing, how to find the mailing address for publishers who might consider your work who aren’t just the self publishing arm of a larger publishing house or aren’t in imminent danger of shutting their doors.

What are the pros and cons of small press over self publishing? If you went the small press route, how did you find them or they you?

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3 thoughts on “Self Published – Now what?

  1. I found my press through Shannon Thompson, AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. You didn’t even have to sub the full manuscript if they requested. I don’t know how they do it now, but when I was accepted, they only looked at the first chapter before handing off a contract, as they were very willing to do some intense edits if the book needed it. But, in my opinion, anyone considering self-publishing should at least consider a small press first, because you do have some control when with a small press.

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