Nearly all had rejected or not bothered to answer. One, last year, was going to buy the book, but after talking to me on the phone, the editor misperceived me as not one that could promote my book, so she changed her mind. That misperception was a big one because she really didn't understand that I was ready to take to the air to promote the book. May have been the way I sounded when I talked. Haven't tried to talk that way since. My current publisher is giving me the chance that none of the others would.
I have had both good and bad experiences with publishers. Too often, I think, their personal biases can kill an otherwise great story. I think that some stories should be edited, printed, and the book sales decides on whether or not the book is continued. One particular editor is really good about psychoanalyzing manuscripts that are submitted to him. It's just a story for chrissake! Don't try to play Freud with the author of a manuscript! Anyway, publishers are, for the most part, fair and honest. Still, there are those that aren't.
My publisher is a wonderful man, John Chambers, who always brings a laugh and bottle of wine.
some are honest and true, others are not. i havent published anything yet, but hope to in the near future
I have found it hard to locate publishers, and once I have, I have sometimes been unhappy with the reviewing and copy-editing stages (even though I confess they sometimes improve the manuscript).
My first publisher didn't pay all of us authors, so after distribution and some book tours, they went out of business, so book and promotion ended. bummer.
looking for new publisher of non-fiction
It was difficult to penetrate but there are creative ways to publishing these days and the important thing is controlling the integrity of one's work.
In the case of non-fiction, my experience with my publisher and the editorial staff at McFarland has been quite encouraging and helpful. As for fiction, there are so many dubious publishers I've dealt with, some who simply rely on the author to do all the promotion work, some who have absolutely no idea what they're doing or getting into,
some who aren't at all what they seem, that it often makes the whole venture problematic. Undaunted, though, I carry on.
By and large, discouraging. I'd give a lot for an agent who believes in me!
In one word: awesome.
I've only had experience with one, Swimming Kangaroo Books, and it has all been positive.
Didnt even bother, I formed my own.
None. I don't know any publishers.
usual, I suppose, they don't want to know unknown people so I self-published my novel at first till it was picked up by PublishAmerica