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 on: April 21, 2015, 02:27:49 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
The Mid-sized traditional independent publishers like Charlesbridge or Boyd's Mills Press operate very much like a big publisher. The advance may (and probably will) be a bit smaller but in all other ways, they really do the same stuff as a big publisher, only a bit smaller.

Some smallish independents are able to get books into stores -- these are usually regional presses (like Peachtree, for instance) that really focus on getting books into bookstores only within a specific region rather than trying to do it nationwide. Other small independents like Flashlight are able to get some books into bookstores by grouping together with other independents to create a kind of group sales body that has more oomph and can do some of the kind of bookstore owner nudging that normally belongs just the big boys. (Actually I think Boyd's Mills and Caulkins Creek may do a bit of this also -- I'm not sure.)

I'm really talking about the "small" independent press as different from the "tiny" independent press.
As soon as I have a little wiggle room in my time, I'm going to come back and write about tiny independent presses, ebook publishers, educational publishers, and self-publishing services/vanity presses -- though the smaller you go, the more the lines blur.

 on: April 21, 2015, 11:50:44 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by jfields
Although I do make money at writing, I'm constantly trying to make space in my head (and my schedule) for risky writing -- the kind of writing that I don't have a sure sale behind. It's only by taking risks that I'll go beyond where I am. BUT it is really hard because I also have all the things like laundry and cleaning that were already pushed aside by the paid work and it's really hard for me to push them aside more. One thing that helps me is to schedule "catch up" days where I have a "to do" list and I spend the whole day catching up on all the stuff that got pushed aside. By having those days regularly, I find I can more comfortably put things aside because it's only temporary. Otherwise, the guilt does tend to eat me up.

 on: April 21, 2015, 11:43:35 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by ColoradoKate
Thanks for these posts, Jan. Is there an in-between group? Mid-sized traditional long-time-in-business publishers who aren't part of the big 5 or however many it is now? Companies that have been putting out hardcover books forever, that sell in bookstores?

For me, there's a big line between publishers that get books into bookstores and ones that sell only through Amazon and through their own online stores, and another big line between those and the publishers that sell only ebooks.

 on: April 21, 2015, 11:34:28 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by ColoradoKate
Thanks for these posts, Jan.

 on: April 21, 2015, 11:33:04 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by ColoradoKate
This is a great question. My problem lately has been that everything else seems to need to come first.

 on: April 21, 2015, 07:29:32 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
How do you keep writing on a schedule when all of the other work (laundry, school schedules, cooking, exercise, etc) seems to be out of control? Is there times when everything is stuck in need-to-catch up mode? If you're not making income with your writing, how do you validate putting it first?

 on: April 21, 2015, 05:41:44 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jojocookie
I am reading a book with three POV's. The first two are third person. The last one is first person. I do the switch in my head and can follow along, no problem. Then about a fourth of the way through the last person switches into third person.

I thought it was pulled of well.

 on: April 21, 2015, 05:38:50 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jojocookie
"They" are a machine. I like that. Totally takes the emotioon out of it.

 on: April 21, 2015, 05:33:25 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jojocookie
Yes! Do add more as time goes by.

I would love it!

 on: April 20, 2015, 08:04:46 PM 
Started by Londy Leigh - Last post by salex
I didn't use to need solitude to write. I could write in the car, at work on break, or in a houseful of kids demanding where I hid the snacks. I could also write with pen and paper and even crayon and a piece of cardboard. But not now!

Now, I need a quiet house. And, forget the pen and paper. My brain is tied to my computer. Sure, I can jot short ideas, a phrase, or a word here and there down on paper, but write an article or work on one of my books--no way. And, yes, Saturday is the best if I'm not blogged out.

I really admire those of you who can write every day. If you can bottle that energy, I would be your first customer!

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