Today’s tour stop is on Book Publishing Secrets: How to Publish Your Book. It talks about the number of publishers I’ve lost…Novel Books, Inc.; Sunnyside Up Publications; L&L Dreamspell; LTD Books…and many more.
That sounds bad, but unfortunately, it’s the reality of this business. Small presses are very difficult to run. There are dozens of expenses–as this link discusses. (It uses British monetary units, but gives you an idea.) Cover artists to pay, author royalties, overhead, printing, and that’s all before the promotion budget gets allocated.
It’s overwhelming when you have several authors depending on you. I know it must be because it is overwhelming when I am doing it all myself!
I don’t blame any of the publishers that folded under my work. They were hard-working visionary people who wanted to provide quality books for authors who often were trying new, cutting-edge manuscripts that didn’t fit the mainstream requirements. (And it’s not like you make a lot more money with a traditional publisher…)
Unfortunately, they didn’t have the resources to keep their doors open. This is a problem that plagues a lot of start-ups, in and out of the publishing business.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t great small presses who are keeping their door wide open and are fighting the good fight. Supporting these organizations will help ensure that independent presses don’t completely fade away. Here are some great houses with deep stables of fascinating authors and wonderful books. Check out the offerings from Zumaya Publications, Mocha Memoirs Press, Yard Dog Press, Lycan Valley Publications, Horror Addicts Press, or some of the other small presses out there.