Straight to a Publisher

By CBramkamp Newbie Guide 1 Comment on Straight to a Publisher

Instead of wooing an agent, many writers are working directly with niche or boutique publishers and finding the relationship very satisfying.

Stairs in JerashIf you want to go directly to a small publishers, how do you approach him or her?

In our early days, Newbie Writers Podcast interviewed niche publisher Lyle Perez  of Rainstorm Press 

Here is some of Lyle’s Advice

  • Query letters are important to publishers as well as agents.
  • The questions a publisher asks is, can I invest in this work and person? It is the writer’s job to reassure the publisher that yes, he or she can successfully invest in you and your book.
  • The Advance from  a smaller publisher is small, like  $25 to $50 but the author will earn more in royalties
  • It usually takes about a month to get back to an author
  • There are a million small publishers in the world –  so a writer CAN find them and find the right fit.
  • Small Publishers have followings so that readers really do read “everything” that a publisher like Rainstorm press puts out.

Historically, Publishers have always sold to bookstores not to readers. Like publishers, author need to speak directly to their readers, so your book is not just a book, it is a blog, twitter feed, Facebook conversation, appearances, workshops, conferences, library readings.

And yes, even with a small, boutique publisher, your book can make it onto the shelves of a brick and mortar store.

We say, check out the boutique publishers, and see what they can do for you and your book.


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  • Leslie McKelvey Wirtley
    Posted on July 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    This is how it worked for me. I submitted straight to a boutique publisher, Black Velvet Seductions. Now I have one book published through BVS titled ACCIDENTAL AFFAIR, and Black Velvet has contracted 3 additional manuscripts. My second book will hopefully be out by the end of the year.

    It’s weird, but I’m currently seeking an agent and the process is even more difficult than finding a publisher! The process is basically the same (check each agent’s website for specifics), but so far, no luck. Who would think that finding an agent AFTER one is already published would be more tedious than GETTING published. Sigh….

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