OK, it’s not like we writers have a choice about where we get published. Being published is a gift, and I for one will be grateful for the privilege–if I get it–all the days of my life.
Those naysayers who suspect that, when I’m a few years out from this purgatory of aspiration, I’ll forget what it was like (HELL) and behave as if I’ve always gotten to see my books on the shelf should know this: I still thank the Power That May Be every single day for my husband. The loneliness that came before our meeting is a searing memory.
But I digress. I still haven’t been offered that glorious contract yet, so I can play with possibilities. And one that I’m considering now is small or large. Major house or indie? There are some exciting new indies.
Now it’s not like just anyone can walk her way into an indie. Publication is shockingly difficult no matter who grants the right. Major or minor may be the wrong distinction…perhaps the correct one is, which is right for me?
What variables differ between big house and small? Is there more communication and hands on participation with the latter? Better distribution and sales with the former? These seem the obvious ones, but I suspect there are more layers to it that I’m not seeing or privvy to.
I’d be thrilled to hear from authors, editors, or publishers, if you’d be willing to widen and inform this discussion.
I suspect that much as what happened in the music industry, there might be changes afoot in publishing, and that in the future so-called micro purveyors of content might play an ever more influential role.
But as always on this blog, please feel free to disagree!