Aside from being an author I work as an acquiring editor for Curiosity Quills Press and as such I participated in PitMad yesterday. I ended up asking for 19 submissions, there were a lot of great ones out there that I passed on too as they’re not categories/genres Curiosity Quills covers (e.g. MG – Middle Grade & Romance).
This morning I found that six of my requests were already in our inbox. YAY!
However, having been through PitMad before, and knowing many of the writers are new, or newer, and were pitching with the hope and expectation of catching the eye of an agent, I thought it might be a good idea to make sure all the knew the ropes when it came to publishing options. In particular what working with a small/indie press is like. So I shot off a letter with some helpful links and general information.
And then I thought, why not put it on my blog? So many authors will face the decision of what route to take on the road to publishing that knowing a bit about options and expectations is good for everyone. So here, without further ado is my letter. Of course, I am very partial to Curiosity Quills Press, and that clearly comes off here. (And posting my letter on the web does pretty much negate the privacy blurb on the bottom, but I kept it anyway).
(Yes, I’m doing a general email, but just this once to fill everyone in on who we are and what to expect from an small/indie press. For those of you already in the trenches, I apologize if this is old hat to you! )
I’m so very glad you’ve chosen to go ahead and submit to Curiosity Quills Press. We’re a small, indie press with some great marketing and market exposure. ALL of our books come out in e-book AND print format. And, as you’ll hear on numerous sites, our royalty rates (the percentage you earn from each sale) are higher than many of our competitors.
I know, going through PitMad, many people were looking for agent representation and may not be familiar with small/indie presses (or, in one case, was going to self publish and was testing the waters with PitMad). I’d like to share two articles with you to start giving you an idea of what we’re about. One “Choosing your Pub Path”, by Dahlia Adler, outlines all the current publishing options and what you can expect from each. The other, by a Curiosity Quills author, talks about the differences she found going both the self pubbed route and with an indie publisher.
Dahlia’s piece (I do highly recommend you look through the entire blog!) http://dailydahlia.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/choosing-your-pub-path/:
Jade’s piece: http://curiosityquills.com/self-publishing-vs-small-publisher/
What you can expect from me: I will get back to you within the week with a response. The response will be one of three things, either a ‘no’ with a clear reason why I said no and what you might want to work on going forward – we do not use form rejections, OR a request for a partial – I’m big on the first five chapters and a synopsis, OR a request for a full and synopsis. Okay, there may be a fourth if all nineteen PitMad authors I asked to send something in get back to me – an update that I’ll need a bit more time!
I do have one last set of links to share, more about life in the trenches as an author and what you can expect, particularly if you’re new at this. This is the making-sure-you’re-going-in-with-your-eyes-wide-open set of links I tend to send when I ask for a full, but I thought I’d share them now. Not to scare you! But the more well informed you are, the better choices you can make. And, after an experience at a romance publisher where several new authors thought they’d be able to quit their day job after publishing one book, I want my authors to have, shall we say, a better grip on reality?
Alison Nee HellerAcquisitions Editor @ CuriosityQuills.com
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