So a few years ago, I talked a lot about two types of publishing roads you can undertake when you are looking to get that finished novel out into the world. I explained how to go about getting an agent, and what you can expect if you go the traditional route, as well as what self-publishing involves.
However, I don’t think I was quite clear in just how many options there are for where to submit your work when you are trying to publish a novel. Sure, large publishers, and the Writer’s Market books are an absolutely great resource, but it’s odd, given my own background, that I didn’t speak more about small publishers and micro-presses, like the one I help run, Renaissance Press.
This weekend, I gave an interview to The Writing Coach podcast discussing exactly that. There are a lot of advantages in going to a small press, not the least of which is that it gives you a lot of the control that self-publishing would, without the financial risks and costs involved. Listen to the interview here!
One thing I forgot to mention in the interview is how to meet small presses. One way is to look them up online, try “publisher” and your home town (or the nearest larger city to it) or, even better, go out to local conventions and writing events! You would be surprised how many of these there are per year, and you have a much better chance to make an impression when you meet them in person… as well as get an idea yourself of how you feel about them!