Nov 06

Publishing Channels

In today’s market, authors have three major methods or channels through which they can see their book published and sold.





We know the drill here. Or do we? In the traditional publishing world, where we would submit to the big 6 (don’t know who they are and what they are about? Check them out here http://www.fictionmatters.com/2010/03/05/who-are-%E2%80%9Cthe-big-six%E2%80%9D/ ) or a mid level publishing house like Harlequin.

There are those that bemoan the big publishers, but I bet secretly if they were offered a deal they would go for it! Yes, the royalty rates are smaller. But you sell so many more books. Some people feel that breaking into a bank would be easier than getting your work into one of these publishers. Maybe not anymore.

A lot of the really big names are now going it alone, leaving more room for mid list and new authors. But often you need an agent before you can have your books submitted. Even there you have to check every single imprint because requirements can vary widely.

For instance – YA publishers (because I happen to be looking at YA and a couple of you are too) that do not require agents, are part of the big 6 or mid-list, and who are accepting submissions:

Sourcebooks (Sourcebooks Fire) http://www.sourcebooks.com/authors/submission-guidelines.html

 Harlequin Teen http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1403&chapter=0

Penguin ACE (fantasy and sci-fi) http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/specialinterests/scifi/submission.html

Still feel you need an agent? These are YA agents that have made recent, respectable deals for YA books from new authors (and there are hundreds more): 

Deborah Warren   East/West Agency    
Tina Wexler   ICM      
Kate Schafer Testerman KT Literary    
Tracey Adams   Adams Literary    
Leticia Gomez   Savvy Literary Services  
Stefanie Von Borstel   Full Circle Literary    
Victoria Marini   Gelfman Schneider    
Miriam Kriss   Irene Goodman Agency  
Martha Millard   Martha Millard Literary Agency  
Kevan Lyon   Marsal Lyon Literary Agency  
Kristin Keene   ICM      
Ammi-Joan Paquette   Erin Murphy Literary Agency  
Stacey Glick   Dystel & Goderich Literary Management


The newer breed of publisher, the small pub, the epub, the e-first pub. These guys are quickly evolving. They offer much higher royalty rates than their traditional big brothers, but sell fewer copies through smaller distributions. Some offer both e-formats and paper, some just epub. Most do not require agents but will work with them if you have one.


Entangled http://www.entangledpublishingblog.com/submissions/        
Medallion http://www.medallionpress.com/guidlines/index.html        
Sourcebooks (Sourcebooks Fire) http://www.sourcebooks.com/authors/submission-guidelines.html


The final frontier. Maybe. In this ever evolving business it is hard to say for sure. Especially when a ‘traditional’ (ie it’s been around for a couple of years) venue for self pubbing, AMAZON, suddenly becomes one of the big boys. Perhaps to be one the big 7? With others like KOBO following suit.

So – you write the book, you get it edited, get a cover, get it formatted and you put it up for sale at a number of forums. Amazon, Smashwords, a ton of other places.

But I want my book in paper! That’s okay, you can do that too. Where? Here’s an excellent article on forums. http://mashable.com/2009/03/01/publish-book/ 

But really, the problem with self publishing is the distribution. Yes, you get most of the money from the book, aside from a few fees. But where do you sell those paperbacks except for Amazon. That my friend, is the problem.




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  1. Michael Mendershausen

    You have two typos in your “Publishing Channels” blog (since Nov 2011):
    A lot o the really big names are now going it alone
    Some off both e-formats and paper

    1. Nancy Cassidy

      LOL! Now that’s exactly why I still hire an editor to review my own writing – you can never see your own mistakes.
      I’ve been watching some of the authors out there who have already established a platform move into self publishing. It’s very interesting, but unless you have the platform, self publishing is still very difficult. It can, however, be very rewarding, and with effort it can bring in some great response. The problem is catching the eye of the public.

      1. ABadallmlk

        I have several eBooks pusbilhed on a new publishing website. Recently I contacted the site owner (publisher) and requested for these eBooks to be removed (cancel my account). The response was that as my eBooks constitute a large percentage of the site, the site owner does not want to remove them, but has advised he will when he is ready .! It has left me wondering (and searching) to find out what rights I have as an author? Do I have any other option than to let this publisher continue to make money from my eBooks (amount unknown to me) and allow him to keep them on his site for as long as he likes? Thanks in advance for any advice!~JanetteP.S. If you would like the site link I am happy to provide it.

        1. Nancy Cassidy

          You need to review your contract with this publisher – understand your rights, they should be spelled out in any contract. They have rights too, so look for thier expectations as well.

        2. Priyanka

          Lynn, do please feel free to dagsiree with me at any stage I’m always happy to hear from you.I wonder if what we’re seeing here is the difference between the UK market and the USA one. Here, there are not nearly as many of the smaller publishers as there are in the USA; and many of those smaller publishers are only just slipping into view, as far as many agents are concerned (in fact, just today I read an article which discussed this I’ll look for a link). I didn’t mean to suggest that agents aren’t passionate about their clients’ work: most of the agents I’ve met care very deeply about their clients, and are disappointed and sometimes hurt if they fail to make a sale. But they won’t publish at any price, and they will only submit to publishers which they feel would do well for the books concerned. Over the last couple of months I’ve been in contact with a good handful of writers who have had found themselves good agents, but then their books have not sold. Have those writers spoken to their agents about why this might be? No. Not one of them. They were all too nervous to do so. Two of them ended up self-publishing their books and another turned to vanity-publishing; none of them have made any sort of sales.One, however (and you know who you are!), considered self-publishing, and got some of the way along the road before she thought again, and talked to her agent: who is now submitting her work to more publishers. Let’s hope it turns out well for her. And let’s hope that more writers ask their agents the important questions. Agents are not monsters (that’s my job). Some of them are actually quite nice!

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