Wednesday, August 09, 2006
We talk about the "best publisher" a lot, and everyone loves a "top ten" list or various prestige rankings, and this information can be useful for understanding the market and what others think of publishers.
But, the truth is, and you're probably seeing hints of it already from the responses to the three questions, there is no absolute best publisher. There's a best publisher for you, and a best publisher for me, and a best publisher for Emily and a best publisher for Barrie and a best publisher for Kis. And they could all be different. Or overlap somewhat, and differ somewhat. But there is no absolute "correct" answer.
And that's what makes it tricky to figure out where to submit your work. You need to figure out who would be a good match for you, not for me or Emily or Barrie or Kis.
So, how do you do that? First, you need to figure out what's important to you. For the purpose of this discussion, you can choose three things. Barrie and Kis have suggested in their goals some things that are important to them. Probably everyone's going to mention money, so I'm going to take that off the table for now, because it's universal (although the exact ranking may vary, and we'll talk about that later).
For now, I'd like to hear from everyone (in comments or a separate blog post) about the three things (yeah, I just love the number three) that matter to you when choosing a publisher. I'm not going to give you any suggestions just yet for the possibilities, because I don't want to narrow the options. I'm looking to get more insight into all the issues you may be trying to juggle.
So, what are the three things (other than huge bucketloads of money) that, in the best of all possible worlds, you'd want your ideal publisher to offer you? What three things would convince you to sign on the dotted line if you had multiple offers?