We’re continuing our Monday discussion of different ways to get published. Today we’re talking about large publishing houses.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized that there were a “Big Six”, because there sure are a lot of OTHER houses out there that can give you exactly the same stuff. Some take unagented manuscripts, others do not.
Some that don’t take unagented submissions open up once a year (or once in a while) to unagented authors, and always for a short time. If you are interested in this, you need to follow these publishers closely. The windows are tight, you don’t want to miss it.
In general, everything I said about the “Big Six” is true about these guys. One in particular – HARLEQUIN – should be particularly attractive if you are a romance writer. TOR should be very attractive if you are a Speculative Fiction writer. The reason I say this, is that these publishers have followings. People who like a certain type of romance trust Harlequin, and will buy a book for the Harlequin name alone. Hey, I wouldn’t say no to that.
Here are some of the “biggies” that are not considered “Big Six”
Harlequin (Recently purchased by HarperCollins)
Tor (St. Martins Press)
Baker Book House
Personally, I think the bragging rights are just as good to get into any of these guys. I certainly wouldn’t say no… but only if I believed that they loved my book enough to help promote it.