The Small Home-Grown Book Publisher - The Pros and Cons

I'm thrilled to announce that I have an article up at Writer's Digest!

It's about the pros and cons of working with very small book publishers. What I mean by "very small" is the publishers that are primarily one-man or one-woman businesses.

While these home-grown publishers can be a life-saver for the new author and certainly do have benefits, there are a few things to be aware of before jumping in.

Here's the very beginning:

As a new author or even if you have one or two books under your self-publishing belt, you may be thinking of entering the traditional publishing arena.

I’ve been there and have had my share of rejections from the larger well-known publishing houses.>

But, I didn’t let that discourage me … well, not entirely.

While disappointed, I dug in my heels and attended writers conferences and joined writing groups. In one of the online conferences I attended, small publishers were on hand to take pitches from authors. Naturally, I took advantage of this opportunity. I gave my pitch and the owner of the publishing house asked to see my manuscript.

Excitement, excitement.

Check out the full article - it has very helpful information and insights into publishing with a home-grown publisher:

The Pros and Cons of Publishing with a Small Publisher

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Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children's author, children's ghostwriter, and author online marketing instructor with WOW! Women on Writing.

For writing tips or help with your children's story visit Karen Cioffi Writing for Children


4 comments:

  1. I started out with a small, home-grown publisher too, and my experience was a good one. Your points are all spot-on. I was more involved in the process, but the publisher had no money to do any marketing, so I did 99.9% of myself. However, even with a larger publisher, you still have to do a lot of your own marketing.

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    1. Hi, Heidi, that's absolutely true. Authors have to market now. I think the bigger problem is with picture books though and the process for them.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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  2. Congratulations for being accepted by Writer's Digest. That's a fantastic magazine.

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