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


Heidiwriter said...

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.

Linda Barnett-Johnson said...

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

Karen Cioffi said...

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!

Karen Cioffi said...

Thanks, Linda! I'm thrilled!

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