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#1 Lucian01

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 01:03 AM

Hi, all. New member here.
Having finished my second novel (self-published the first one), I started querying agents, but with very little "statistical" hope. Just for peace of mind that I'm starting from the top down. I do, objectively, believe that I have a quality, polished material but how many people read literary fiction nowadays anyway? I'd rather watch a comedy :) Realistically, my best hope is to find a small press to publish with, thinking that they would do, or help a lot with the marketing (I loathe that part and thus I'm terrible at it). But how to go about finding one among the myriad out there? Is there a knowledgeable someone/service who, say, could read your synopsis and direct you to the right places, or you just have to take the presses one by one? Many thanks for any insight.

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 05:59 PM

I do, objectively, believe that I have a quality, polished material but how many people read literary fiction nowadays anyway? 

 

I dunno, how long was "The Goldfinch" on the NYT bestseller lists?

 

Small presses for literary fic are not so much my bag, but I remember stumbling over this link a while back: http://www.clmp.org/index.html

 

You will have to research and submit to presses on your own steam, though. They work on the same model as bigger houses, just for niche markets. 



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Posted 02 February 2016 - 02:44 PM

Thanks DB. That site doesn't filter their publishers' database either, so yeah, I'll just take it a to z one day... 

Surprising though that such publishing "matching" or evaluation service doesn't exist, given the supply of material. If I was business oriented, there was one idea.



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Posted 02 February 2016 - 02:49 PM

Besides going by genre and intended audience, it's a bit too subjective a business to know what material will click with which industry professional. Or even which press will appeal to which author.

 

Beyond that, I mean, figuring out who or where would be receptive to a particular project is actually a large part of an agent's job. And they do work with small presses. 



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Posted 02 February 2016 - 04:24 PM

Some things to consider when approaching small presses for literary fiction:

 

What are the other books in their catalog?

 

Have their books won any awards?

 

Check out their authors' bios. Have the authors won awards? Have any of your favorite literary authors been published by the press?

 

How long have they been around?

 

Do they publish hard copy, paperback, and/or Ebook format?

 

Vet the presses at Preditors & Editors and Writer Beware. Google them to see if there have been any complaints.

 

You'll also find small presses listed in these places:

 

www.newpages.com

 

www.pw.org

 

Hope that helps!

 

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#6 Andrea Lambert

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 01:09 PM

I have got a link for you. http://www.spdbooks.org

 

This is small press distribution, it's a hub that distributes a bunch of other small press books. If you poke around on their website you can learn a lot about small presses. You can also sign up for their email newsletter and they will email you their top 10 each month so that you can learn which small presses are notable and popular. Totally educational and helpful.

 

I think small presses are the best for literary fiction. That's how I published my first two books. It's true you don't usually get paid, but you don't have to get an agent either. Give it a try!


Website: https://andreaklambert.com
 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndreaLamber

 

GoodReads Author bio: https://www.goodread....Andrea_Lambert

 

Amazon author bio: https://www.amazon.c...ine_cont_book_1
 
JET SET DESOLATE from Future Fiction London on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co...t/dp/0578016257

 

LORAZEPAM & THE VALLEY OF SKIN: EXTRAPOLATIONS ON LOS ANGELES from valeveil: http://www.valeveil.se/posts/196
 

HAUNTING MUSES from Bedazzled Ink on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/194383752X

 

WRITING THE WALLS DOWN: A CONVERGENCE OF LGBTQ VOICES from Trans-Genre Press: http://trans-genre.n...the-walls-down/
 
THE L.A. TELEPHONE BOOK, VOL. 1 from ARRAS.NET: http://www.arras.net/?page_id=658

 

 





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