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I haven’t posted much about the book process lately only because there’s been no new news to report.  I continue to send out queries, which is my plan for this school year, and then we shall see.

My gut feeling tells me that the local publishing house, which contacted me back about two weeks ago, telling me to keep searching but if I found no one else in the meantime, they would be happy to review my whole manuscript in a year when they had more time to offer me, still might be the answer.  I’m OK with a small publisher.  They’ll know you there.  

Reasons to go with a small biz:

It’s personalized for me.
Easy to learn names of colleagues and more about the biz in general.
Since they are local, and I wrote a story about living in the same town, they might be more enthusiastic readers and promoters.
Local connections. (but they are working on expanding this)
Support local business.
Being only locally “famous” may be all I really need or want.
As a first time book writer, this may be a good start to see if I would want to pursue the writer’s path further in a professional way.
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Some of the connecting with people and places outside my home town is going to have to come from me and my willingness to promote above and beyond.  I know this.  I can do it through blogs like this one, Blogger, FaceBook, Twitter and even my tutoring / teaching website, which could be modified to include more writing. I could invest in biz trips for book signings, especially in places where I have friends and family with whom I can stay. As just a substitute teacher, I do have a lot lore freedom to come and go.

Reasons to go with a larger pubbing company:

Bigger budget.
More nation-wide connections and exposure possibilities now.
Possibly faster results.
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Reasons why it makes no difference which way, Local or Big City:

The Internet is everybody’s “city“.
As long as either place can put out e-books as well as actual books to reach all potential reading markets.
As long as some reputable publisher accepts my work as being worthy of publication, then I have the cred I need.
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Notes to self:

Next time I blog here, I should cover:
1- What would I tell people at a book signing talk and
2- What was my writing process for making this particular book

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      Suzann wrote Aug 30, 2010
    • Hi Paige,

      I agree, you could do very well with a smaller or more local publisher. As you said, as long as the publisher is legit, that’s all that matters. Many people are going with smaller publishers these days because they feel the big houses cater to their “stars” and leave the lesser known authors with very little publicity and attention from their marketing departments.



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      Paige Strickland wrote Aug 30, 2010
    • Thanks so much for your input.  Yes, and with this stinkin’ economy...I don’t need to be a movie star...I just need to be successful but “normal“.
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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 30, 2010
    • Sounds like you have a great plan. I think I also remember you were going after a job last time you wrote? How did it go?



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      Paige Strickland wrote Aug 30, 2010
    • No luck on the day job!  Boo!  No one wants to hire / pay for experience and maturity when you can get a newbie 20 something teacher instead.  In one case, the school chose at the last minute to shuffle existing staff and not hire out.  RATS!!!
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