You've written your manuscript and are ready to see it in print, but you don't know where to start looking for fiction publishers. With so many fiction publishing companies, it will take time to research the best markets.
Get your fingers ready, a notebook or note page handy, and start on the journey of discovery. Before you can start down the path of choosing a fiction house ready to publish, novel pointers include:
1. Focus on the traditional publishing route and target a large press.
2. Pursue small publishers: fiction houses that have a narrow focus and fewer clients.
3. Skip to the front of the line and self-publish through a vendor that focuses on fiction.
Search for fiction publishing companiesIt would be nice to be able to go to one location, whether online, in a bookstore or at a library, and be able to find a list of publishing companies sorted by genre targeted to your needs. There are a couple of annual publications focused on fiction markets, but the data is outdated almost before it hits the shelves. The Web is a blessing in that data can be updated faster, but it still takes time to find what you need.
Seek out small fiction pressesSmall publishers of fiction are growing in number. Focus your efforts on small presses. Fiction writers who find a home with a small press have a great chance at a long publishing career. Because of their size and their inherent need to stay small, small fiction publishers may take more time to locate than a larger publisher, but responses are generally quick and more personal than from a big publishing house.
Consider an e-book fiction pressBook publishing isn't limited to paper-based books. E-books are as viable a market as traditional publishing, and some e-book presses can also print your novel traditionally. If you're seeking a faster route to publications, e-book publishing may be the answer for you.
- Always check writers' and submission guidelines before submitting, and follow them exactly to avoid instant rejection.
- Look at the front matter of books that are similar to your novel to see who the publisher is.
- Network with other writers, join online groups, participate in critique groups, and join professional organizations. These are great ways to get leads on publishing houses.