Publishers Seeking Writers
By Jerry D. Simmons | February 24th, 2012 | 2 Comments » (Click to add yours!)

We live in a world where the most successful in a given field typically possess money, power and influence. For writers trying to make decisions on how to publish consider this: big publishers are in possession of all three. They have more resources, i.e. money, than all of their competitors and they retain the power and influence in a difficult market.

This is not an endorsement of big publishers but merely a fact of the business. Opportunities for success as an author are not equal between larger companies and smaller publishers nor independent and print on demand. Perception is reality in book publishing and the recognition, endorsement and support a big publisher is an advantage but never a guarantee.

Being under contract to a big publishing company results in pressure to write and create content in a timely manner. The ability to manage the process of publication, an editor, marketing and publicity departments can be impossible if the writer does not have a clear understanding of the industry and marketplace.

Depending on the personal and professional goals of the writer a smaller percentage of royalty on a far larger volume of sales plus regional or national exposure may be preferable. Receiving a larger percent of royalty on a small volume of sales may not match the long term goals of the writer. Willingness to share some of the money and control could result in more power and influence over the course of a career.

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2 thoughts on “Publishers Seeking Writers”

  1. I am almost amused that any aspiring writer would be advised to share the royalty percentage and the control with a large, established and powerful publishing company when it is so difficult to get a contract with one or find an agent to represent a work. It is good advice but it’s a bit like being asked to state a preference between a box seat or center orchestra when you do not have the money to purchase a ticket.

  2. These are great points. Not many writers truly understand the differences between getting an agent and self-publishing, but from what I see, self-publishing and the ability to retain rights and keep higher royalties is one of the first questions that should be asked by any individual writer who is defining goals.

    Telling a person to “know themself” is good advice but it is a difficult thing for most people to put into practice. Thus, knowing your purpose in publishing is also difficult. You have to know yourself well to know what you want to happen with your creative product!

    You are doing a good job making this message available.

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