The accountants control publishing. Editors are more or less redundant. Their judgement counts for little. But more and more the accountants are hiring editors who see the world through their glasses...with dollar symbols obscuring the vision. It is the clipboard (so called scientific) mentality. Go out and interview 100 people and ask what they want. And then give it to them. So, we end up with nothing but bad writing to cheer up the masses with feel-good rubbish.
Rejection, although their literary editor said the book was excellent.
Another publisher wanted, at first, to publish a different book but, finally said 'No, thank you.'
Not good as they have not taken my work, which is why I went independent. They know nothing of good work. I AM NOT BITTER!
I must say rather awful. I cannot definitely say that I am the only one who loves to collect ‘ REJECTION SLIPS.’
I am new, so I haven't had the chance to work with a publisher yet, but I would like to one day.
The two I have worked with have been professional. So far I haven't run into any problems with them I couldn't resolve.
Publishers are people. I've worked with some who are extremely courteous, respond quickly and are generous with feedback. I have also worked with some who don't do those things. Overall, my experience has been positive.
I've had very good experiences with most of my major publishers: Random House, Abrams, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Running Press and Charlesbridge.
Some good. Some not so good.
Publishers Suck. Don't Try Them.
It varies. The industry is struggling and print-on-demand is definitely going to be the norm.
Publishers have a very diffecult job because they must somehow print what people will want to read. Brand Name writers are a good place to start. So they rely on them to be successful. They must believe in a book and have a passion for it.
So it goes.
Some good. Some bad. I have more contact with agents and editors than publishers.
I am not sure yet what is better: getting an agent or self-publishing...