|What has been your experience with publishers?
Only had one, other than them asking me for reviews, and it was negative. The guy, a friend who had been urging me to write a book for decades, had really limited vision.
As an unknown, non-celebrity book writer, no one in the traditional publishing world would even look at me. So I went with an on-demand printer, Mill City Press and their imprint, Bascom Hill Publishing Group.
Publishers beat a path to my door—to get out. I think I’m a small niche writer.
I self published with friends but found they were too critical. Other publishers haven't wanted to make use of my conservative viewpoint for my news materials. My creative writing for my novels is not yet up to scratch for publishers .. I have only third person sketches of my writing, not the first person proofs i want to write. My autobiography has been controversial, but the controversy has not yet flowered sufficiently.
Old media is very insular to the point of being elitist. New media has been more accommodating. We must move forth, away from traditional print publishing.
So far not very good.
My experiences with publishers have been mixed emotions, due to the fact that I chose to self publish finding a reputable, professional, consistent publisher has been a headache at times.
Now I have found one that I trust and the quality of their work is awesome, so I will be sticking with them for a while at least until I start my very own publishing company.
I finished writing my novel "The Rozabal Line" in mid-2007. I approached several publishers and agents but did not receive a reply (in those instances where I did receive a reply, it was in the negative). It was due to this complete reluctance on the part of publishers to promote new talent that I decided to self-publish. I was lucky that my self-published work reached the right people and eventually this led to a publishing deal.
I was in the middle of concrete discussions with a SENIOR editor from Kensington for my book Heart of Diamonds. I never send any editor anything except three chapters and a one page query letter plus a short and long synopsis. She was laid off from one day to the next. I cut off all negotiations. The telephonist who replaced the former bright one asked me to spell RIVIERA. That put me off. End of story.
I have mostly snubbed publishers because they are dinosaurs and don't know it. I can only wonder at the obtuseness of their shareholders. Entire boards should be fired. Throw them bums out! They publish books written by their clique or cronies and rarely let a new , fresh writer in no matter how much money they stand to make from the newcomer's book.
As a former PR for one of the most recognizable brands in the world - Gucc - I happen to be very good at selling anything, including myself, which is how I got the job in the first place.
Not good. In the UK, the current trend is for either 'misery publishing' - true stories of people who were abused as children. Read one you've read them all. Or else it's very fashionable to throw money at z-list celebrities to come up with skant stories that a ghostwriter can pad out. It makes me very cross.
Publishers won't accept work without an agent and agents are notoriously difficult to get, so that's why I've gone down the self-publishing route.
I self publish. Ashton Court Press, Inc is my own business. Incorporated.
I've never had anything published.
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