Reblogged from Adam Dalton’s Metaphysical Fantasy : Adam has some very interesting points to make on the nature of publishing in 2016 (see link below). A lot of this relates to Big Five publishing, and while I’ve never been published by the Big Five, I can empathise with what he’s saying. Budgets are tight all over and the people being squeezed most by this tightening are mid-list and less well established authors. But on the plus side, these authors can be more comfortable working with smaller publishing houses where they may be afforded a little more creative freedom and input.
Smaller publishers are more inclined to take a punt on a less well established author, on something quirky or hard to define, because POD has allowed them to take risks. POD means you don’t have to do a massive print run of a book and then sit back and hope that it will be successful. Smaller print runs mean less cost up front, and more wriggle room. So an author doesn’t have to have an established fan base or stick strictly to a rigidly defined sub-genre. It allows new blood to enter the industry, even if it’s at a slightly less high profile level. It gives authors a chance to establish themselves over a few books, rather than throw everything into an all-or-nothing debut gamble.
So if you’re thinking of submitting, don’t discount the small press. They could be the midway point between self-publishing (because not everybody wants to take that route) and trying to crack the Big Five, which can be challenging, as Adam demonstrates. But somewhere on that middle ground you might find somewhere you feel comfortable with.
And don’t dismiss the smaller publishers when it comes to reading too. As the big publishing houses play it safe with established authors and well-worn tropes, in the underground exciting and ground-breaking writing is going on all around you….
So, we’ve seen libraries and book shops close across the UK – apparently because people didn’t want hard copies anymore and e-books were cheaper. We’ve seen the undignified …