Thursday, 10 March 2011

Still seeking that elusive publishing contract?


Are you still seeking a publisher, rather than go it alone as and Indie booky?

Where once it was a case of publishers holding the upperhand, and all wannabe writers fearing the powers that be. No longer is that so true, because if you're willing to shop around and check out the competition within the e-book/paperback world that exists - via the Internet - then the Cyber World of publishing is your proverbial oyster.

The biggest may not always be best is a good maxim to judge by. Think in terms of well-established e-publishers to that of relative newbies on the block. First off the well-established publisher already has a long list of inhouse authors, and its submission rates are going to be much higher. Now start thinking new means less resident/established authors, therefore more chances of getting a foot in the door. The other thing to look out for is quality of cover images already on their virtual bookshelves: the cover is the eye-catcher, the content needing to match it. 

So, with all that in mind you'll find an updated comprehensive list of e-publishers and paperback publishers in lower right hand column. Good luck!    



11 comments:

KarenG said...

The times they are a- changing, that's for sure!

Kate said...

I watching the e-publishing boom with interest. It certainly seems to be the way things are going in the romance genre, but I'm not yet sure about the other genres. I'll watch what unfolds with interest.

Summer Ross said...

Great post! E-publishing is booming rapidly.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Times are definitely changing...

Thanks for the info Francine.


Michael

Francine Howarth said...

Hi all,

Yep, and as time progresses why don't we set up a rating system for the different publishing houses? Basically, score them on feedback from writers experiences - purely confidential!

best
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The Golden Eagle said...

Interesting post. Things are changing!

Thanks for the list!

Erin Kane Spock said...

Times are changing, but with it has come a lack of quality control. The quantity of product available makes it labor intensive to sift through the chaff.
Your suggestion about a rating system makes a lot of sense.

L'Aussie said...

After all the doom and gloom posts, this is refreshing Francine. Thanks for the extra links in the bottom right sidebar too. Now that I'm getting through a few of my projects I must move onto my novels and maybe, just maybe, I'll find a publisher. (I notice a lot more publishers are following me on twitter. I hope that means something???)

Please get better. Sorry to hear you're not well again. Rest, rest, rest. I hope your naff weather is improving as you move into Spring. We've moved into autumn. Can actually run again. Best time of year here.

Denise<3

L'Aussie said...

BTW I'm one of the finalists in the Race to 200 blogfest. I know you could care less ATM but if you feel like reading some good short short short stories (the word limit was supposed to be 300 but I think some folk can't count) you might like to go and read the 6 finalists. In pretty good company. I don't see the badge (oh, you missed one!) so the link is:

http://jc-martin.com/fighterwriter/

PS I'm not a vote for me person. I'd like you to read the excerpts and see what you think.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm still trying the traditional way, but we'll see what happens.

Liz Fichera said...

Do your research before you pursue any publisher, even an e-publisher. That said, I can't praise Carina Press enough.