Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Monday, August 31, 2009

The List Grows Thin

Well, all the research I need to do on North American publishers is now complete (for now) and there were a couple more publishing houses struck off the list, leaving me with 27 possibilities, some more likely than others.

They were ordered in terms of personal preference. It took quite a while to research the companies and decide which I liked better than others and, in effect, rank them.

As I was reviewing the list, it occurred to me that there are very few North American publishing houses that I have any particular preference for, aside from Tor and they already have my proposal. That might be me being snobbish! Ranking them, for this reason, was incredibly difficult.

Perhaps I'll have more luck when I purchase the Writers and Artists version from the U.K. Perhaps not.

We shall see.


K said...

You can probably look at this from two different perspectives.

It's probably better to carefully target the house you think is most likely to publish your work, but this only matters until you are in print, then you'll flip to the second view:

Which house most clearly represents similar writers in a way you feel fitting for you and your work?

Do you want to do signing tours? Do you absolutely want to avoid these at all costs, but wouldn't mind being on Oprah if your sales hit the level where people know your name even if they haven't read your work?

Do you want them to clearly differentiate between the same genre authors, so you don't get stuck with cover art which makes you look entirely too similar other writers?

S. M. Carrière said...

Does Oprah do interviews for Fantasy authors? Now that would be something!

K said...

Has JK Rowling been on Oprah?

Does JK Rowling still claim that she doesn't write fantasy?

S. M. Carrière said...

The answer to both those questions is:

I don't know.

Did J.K. Rowling ever claim that she doesn't write fantasy?