It’s the end of the month and tomorrow we change our theme from 'Genres' to 'Self–pubbed/traditional and other writing formats'.I thought I’d kick off the subject so, a day early, I’m writing on my experiences. Many years ago when small presses started to show up I met with an editor at RWA. It wasn’t in the regular sessions RWA has. The company had a small hotel room and met with people in a separate room. I had been rejected by traditional pubs, so I pitched to Starlight. They liked the story and several more. I became one of their authors and never had any regrets. I learned the editing and revision process; how covers were designed and how much input the author had and the actual publishing process. One editor moved to another small press and I followed her there and learned a little more. It was a great experience.
I also co-authored a horror-romance. He wanted to use a different small press, so we went t with that one.
They were all good to work with, and are still around, maybe under a different name. They only drawback, and I believe it’s the same with traditional publishers these days unless you’re one of the well-known authors, was you had to do your own marketing, and you received a small percentage, in royalties. After several books, and hearing from other authors about self-publishing I decided to try that route. I’ll talk more about that next week.
Please share your experiences with any writing format. I know other people would love to hear about them. And check back Thursday for an exciting post on other writing formats.