Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Big Publisher Vs. Small Publisher
First, the advantages of a big publishing house.
*They have the money to distribute and market your book.
* They can sell and market your book internationally.
*They have huge lists.
*They can get your book into the hands of reviewers, book stores, and bloggers easier.
*Their name carries a lot of weight.
* They can pay bigger royalties.
But, their disadvantages:
*It's hard to make it through the slush pile.
* Many only accept agented material.
*If you aren't an A-lister, you might get lost in the mess.
*If your editor leaves, what happens to your book?
*Strict Policies and contracts.
Now, the advantages of a small publishing house.
*You will be one of a select few of writers, and will get personal attention.
*Your book, though maybe a mid-lister, will get special attention.
*Smaller slush pile, and most accept unagented material.
*More marketing attention.
*There are a lot of small houses.
*Though you get marketing attention, they don't have the big bucks to publicize and promote.
*Their list is small and they only accepted a few writers.
*Usually they don't have the money for big royalties, if any.
*They are financially vulnerable and might fold.
*Mostly local exposure, not national or international.
In my opinion, when you are first starting out, it doesn't matter. Though every writer dreams of a big contract with a New York publisher, the truth is, we send out queries to houses both big and small that publish our style of writing. If you are very lucky you might get one offer. If I get one offer, and the publisher is a good publisher (any size) I'll jump on board. Hopefully, as my reputation grows and I write more books, I'll make it into the bigger houses.