Diamond State Romance Authors

Small presses can lead to big dreams


I am small press published. Over the last few years I’ve tried to explain what that means to my non-writer friends and family to varying degrees of success. What it always boils down to is this: You can’t buy my books in Wal-Mart, Target, or Barnes and Noble. Yet.

For me, making my foray into the world of publishing via a small press was the best possible route. I was lucky. I found a group that was the perfect fit for me. The publisher is very up-front and open with us about her business plan. She expects us to grow and flourish, and knows that any success we have outside of her press can only reflect well on her business. The editors are generous with their time and input. My fellow authors have been enthusiastic, informative, and incredibly supportive.

That publisher created a warm, welcoming atmosphere that made me feel comfortable enough to push my boundaries, polish my writing, and look into the future.

So, what are the pros and cons of small press publishing?

On the pro side I’d list:

As for the cons, they’re probably not a surprise:

Is small press publishing the answer for everyone? Probably not, but that’s okay. The publishing world is morphing right before our eyes. There’s bound to be a place for everyone to get a good foothold. If you’re lucky (or smart) enough to fall in with the right group, the experience can be invaluable.