|What has been your experience with publishers?
I avoid them, they avoid me...
I don't concern myself with publishers. This is the nice thing about the Internet and BLOG-writing.
Finding a publisher is the hardest part about writing. Publishers don't want to take a chance on a new writer. Books have become like movies: Crank them out, market them hard for several months and then move on to the next story. My first novel "Diminished Capacity" was self published by print on demand publisher IUniverse. It was a way to get started. With the success of my first novel, I found my current publisher Wheatmark Publishing.
Rejection of short stories. Although I admit I haven't tried very hard. It's why I have a Scribd page, to get my work out there. I expect the status quo to change next year when I submit to novel publishers.
I have published with a book with a publisher. It was good. No complaints..Just a long procedure to go through so many publishing and expensive steps. They did a good job leading me..toward the end results. I have no plans or desire to write another book at this time. It was my true story of child abuse...I am a survivor because I am a BELIEVER...
A good one. They seem to like us.
Not much yet.
Well, the smalltown newspaper has graciously printed a few of my pieces, whenever I submitted anything and they needed to fill up space. Does that count? Nah . . . I didn't think so. I attended a workshop in Athens last summer, submitted work to be critiqued and the editor I spoke with was very complimentary, but I haven't gone past that--and I would like to.
Unfortunately I have'nt gotten htere yet. That is my ultimate goal.
Quite negative. They want to see what writers are doing and writing and pretend great interest, or even have genuine interest, but then they can't deliver. They play safe and are now scared to take risks, and to invest long-term. Therefore they tend to mess people about and for someone starting out it could be very daunting. I have no need of them now because of the way I work. And if I wanted paper editions of anything we were doing I'd arrange publishing myself.
I think it's very tough for novelists and creative writers and I don't know how anyone perseveres and triumphs, they have to love what they do more than success. This is one of the reasons we have devoted a page to where we recommend good books on one of our sites, just by short paragraphs, descriptive synopsis, author and publisher. It's called 'Hot Plots' and is available on on our Home Page http://www.perceptivity.co.uk/astrologyframes.htm
The experiences in the 1960's and 1970's were mostly positive. Since then they have ranged downward from negative to horrible. They are so gutless that I cannot deal with them. I have given up soliciting periodical assignments - after a long career in which hundreds of my articles and essays were published in a wide variety of periodicals not only in the U.S. but also in other countries. And I no longer ask print publishers to take my work. I find it futile. I publish my controversial stuff in e-books that I promote by email and sell from my web site, Mind Opening Books.com.
My experience with publishers so far has not been too bad, I found that the most frustrating experience was trying to find a publisher that excepted submissions from unsolicited writers.
Most recently, I self-published a small volume of poetry via iuniverse.com,
called "Rock Woman at Rest."
It can be purchased at iuniverse.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, and most quality online publishers, as well as ordered through quality bookstores linked to those services via computer.
One small publishing company showed interest in a non-fiction book of mine (Through Ireland's Revolving Door) for a year - and I went to see them four times! In the end, they decided it wasn't the right time to take a risk on a book that would have a small market. So that was frustrating! Another publishing company showed interest in a couple of gift books (Advice to a Daughter and Advice to a Son) for four months, then wrote and told me they were sorry but they were publishing a similar series themselves!! So I went ahead and self-published quickly. Other publishers wrote encouraging rejection letters in response to my novel submission (Love in a Virtual Climate). So again, I've decided self-publishing is the way to go.
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