The Pros and Cons of Small Press Publishers
In this weeks interview I talk to Colin Barnes about improving your writing with practice (Colin is writing one million words this year), whether you should consider going with small press publishers, and what marketing techniques have been effective for him, and what haven’t.
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Darren Wearmouth and what he did to launch his book. Have a listen to my interview with him in episode 7. Colin used this to relaunch a book he had put out last year.
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell and the 10,000 hours.
Anachron Press – Colin’s small press.
Colin did a blog tour last year for his first book – a ‘total failure.’
Mentions the importance of having a second book ready to go. Didn’t do this the first time around and regretted it. Having the second book on the market has really helped overall sales.
Putting in the Work
Colin decided to write one million words this year in order to improve his craft. He did this based on writing “a million words to get the crap out of your system” and Gladwell’s 10,000 hours to become exceptional in something.
He joined together with some other authors to do this. While he won’t make the target, he’ll probably still hit 700,000 which is huge.
Small Press Publishers
Colin has his own small press, Anachron, which is more a labor of love rather than a commercial venture. He says you must be careful about small press publishers as there are a lot of bad ones out there who will take their share and do very little.
One reason for going with small press publishers is if you don’t have the time to look into self-publishing in detail. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time working out the technical side of things it can be a good idea. A good small press will give you good editing, formatting, cover design etc.
Colin decided to take one of his yet to be released books with a small press to mitigate some of the risk – not wanting to have all his eggs in one basket.
The downside is you do give up a lot of control of your book – small press publishers may want to change the title etc.
Joining a writing group can be a great way to get impartial feedback on what you are writing.
“Money does not make me happy. Possessions don’t make me happy. Not working for someone else does, being in control of my future does” – from his blog, which is well worth checking out.
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