for discussions about publishing- the how-tos and whyfores of it all- I’m
always surprised that everything is divided into only two camps. There are
those who publish through big houses and agents, and then there are those who
self-publish. Very little seems to be circulating about the in-between option
of independent publishing presses. These small presses operate on nearly the
same model as the big houses in that they risk investments in their authors.
They pay for the editing, formatting, and printing themselves. They also put in
their own hours of promotion. Unlike big houses, however, the small presses are
freer to accept un-agented manuscripts, take ‘niche’ market projects, and work
more personally with each of their authors.
of low quality, publishing through a small press proves that there is at least
one group of people who are willing to risk their reputation, and the reputation
of their company, on your work. Since these small presses run your manuscript
through their own wringers, it ensures that the work has been brought
‘up-to-code’. It also releases the author from the financial and temporal
strains that come from campaigning and advertising for your work all on your
own. It may not give the author the same exposure or celebrity status as being
published through the big houses, but it does extend one’s own reach.
those who are economically-minded, most independent presses are businesses run
on a smaller-scale, anti-corporation model. These presses tend to support local
businesses and supply local, independent bookstores. They prevent monopolies
and help take money out of corporate pockets and into your community. They open
up job opportunities both in the press itself and in the indie bookstore
winner of the 2011 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam, which was published through OtherPress. Another good example would be The Sleeping Father by Matthew Sharpe, published through Soft SkullPress which was chosen to be a Today’s Show Book Club pick.
to CreateSpace or Lulu, why not log into Duotrope or browse
Poets & Writers for some small presses to submit to? You may be
surprised where a handful of people who are passionate about your work can take
you– even more so when they are professionals.
Denver, Colorado, double majoring in Religious Studies and English. Though
“‘Till the Last Petal Falls“, the first installment of the Once Upon a Reality series, is her first full-length novel, she has
been publishing poetry since her junior year of high school. To date, she had
appeared under her real name in over twenty journals, both in print and
online. For more information, visit her at TheSinging Roses or follow her on Twitter.