Last week, I sent out my very first manuscript, Intimate Healing, to a few publishing houses when I decided to do some more research on publishing. In my search, I stumbled across a writer’s message bored. Imagine how happy I was to have found a new hangout. I knocked politely on the door and entered. But this wasn’t just any writing bored; this was the elite writing bored with the cheerleaders and jocks of the writing world. These people were too good for romance novels, they write serious stuff. That should have been my time to leave, but I stumbled on a tread on e-publishing and before I could leave, I found myself clicking on it. They weren’t receptive to that publishing forum. E-publishing? It will never take off! (That’s when I looked at the dates and realized that thread was very old) They seemed to trash on those e-publishers, especially a few of the smaller houses. They would rather not publish at all then publish with those. Some of the publishing houses they trashed were the same ones I have submitted to.
That message bored left me with a really bad taste in my mouth. It also made me think. Is it really better not to publish at all then to publish with a small house? I personally, would rather have my hard work rewarded, even if the reward is a smaller publishing house. How about you? Are there any publishing houses you would never submit to?
Also, let’s look at the “Twilight” series for a minute. Of the top of your head do you know what publishing house published it? Do you think if a smaller press would have done it, would it have made a big difference? Or do you think it’s more about marketing and the actual quality of the work that made it into a success rather than who published it?