Exploring All Paths

By: Scott Lindsay

I suppose it is the dream of every writer to have a book published with a major publishing house, well known and well respected in the industry. With such publication one might encounter fame and perhaps a bit or fortune. If you could land such a publishing contract perhaps you could find time on major radio stations, television stations and reputable podcasts to share the wisdom you have to share. Newspaper and magazines might contact you for interviews and photo opportunities.

Did you know that only a small percentage of writers that will ever have a book published by a major publishing house?

Did you know that many writers prefer to utilize the services of something other than a major publishing house.

Give Me Independence

Many authors are finding significant success and artistic freedom through a publishing partnership with an independent publisher. This type of publishing firm manages all aspects of publishing without being owned or directed by a larger media organization. This gives both the publisher as well as the author the opportunity to work more closely on the book from concept to design and ultimate publication. In most cases there are less steps to take in the publishing of a work through an independent publishing house.

Here a Niche, There a Niche, Everywhere a Niche Niche

Several independent publishers also provide imprints, or smaller labels that allow niche markets for authors.

If your book is very specialized and geared to a specific industry or reader then a niche publisher may provide the best means to get the book in the hands of those who might benefit from such specialized material.

Total sales of niche materials may not be as prominent as a book published with a larger publisher, however niche material almost always has a longer shelf life.

Never Give Up

With fewer and fewer publishing houses accepting unsolicited manuscripts it may be worth a second look at an independent or niche publisher. These professionals may be more open to reviewing this material.

There are opportunities for publishing, but it takes a good manuscript, research, persistence and a willingness to work with an editor on a mutually agreeable final draft.

Success in publishing isn’t predicated on your ability to publish with a large firm – it is imply taking your efforts and making them available in a way that fits the needs of the publisher and the purpose of the manuscript. Sometimes that may mean walking a road less traveled.

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