Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What Do Small Presses Offer? Authors/Readers Give Their Feedback!

Recently, we've had some complaints that our blog wasn't allowing people to comment in the comment section. I think I've fixed the problem, but I'm not 100% sure. In an effort to test it out, I would really love to have as many people as possible comment on the topic below. Share your thoughts! If for some reason you can't comment, email me at and let me know!

Here's the topic:

I chatted with an author recently who doesn't have an agent and doesn't intend on getting one. I was a little surprised because I think this author is very talented and agents are the gateway to the unwashed masses...I mean, readers. However, she has been publishing extensively with small presses and having wonderful luck. No, she hasn't made the NY Times best seller list, but she is starting to make a name for herself. It got me to thinking: What do small presses offer that is so appealing to authors?

Please post your comment!


  1. There is a market out there... for people who can take a risk. The big presses are either booked and dont have time for the newbies, or do not want to take the risk of an unknown author. This risk perception means that some good people get left out... and small presses offer them an opportunity. In the process, small presses are also creating an opportunity for themselves. A perfect symbiotic relationship...

  2. I agree, Vishal. My experience with a small press has been positive and supportive. I think they do offer and are willing to take more chances than a big house.

  3. It's encouraging to see the success of others with small press! I don't intend to query agents again. I did it for 10 years. Life's too short!