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Shelagh
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PostSubject: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptyWed Feb 06, 2008 3:36 am

Emma Barnes, Small Publisher of the Year 2006, in an interview wih rosyb of Vulpes Libris said:

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Emma: We have yet to put any books out of print (actually, there was one, thinking about it) and we’ve been going since 2003. But that’s not because we’re special - we are just bloody-minded and I refuse to give up on anything.

But only one of our authors has made a living wage from being published.


Full interview here:

http://vulpeslibris.wordpress.com/2007/11/23/small-publisher-interview-emma-barnes-from-snowbooks/

It would be interesting to know if the author who makes a living wage is a non-fiction or fiction writer.

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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptyMon Feb 11, 2008 10:33 pm

Great site, Shelagh. The interview was quite interesting, and going through all the links could take months! (I now wish I could speed-read) study
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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptySun Feb 17, 2008 9:30 am

Making a living from a single, small press book is going to be very hard. Making a living as a writer - now that is a different story. You have to have multiple streams of revenue coming in to do it, but it is possible to be a "full time" writer and not be published by one of the six mega-conglomerates.
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Snowbooks rejected my manuscript! Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptySun Feb 17, 2008 1:21 pm

Sorry to hear that Jenny. Once you've consoled yourself with a nice cup of hot chocolate, I'll be pleased to hear which publisher you're going to try next!!
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Geroge,

My hopes are currently resting with Mary Seymour of the Seymour Agency, New York. She requested a partial, which she returned suggesting a few changes, which I've made and have now resubmitted to her. (Jan 24th) In the meantime, I've also submitted a query to an Edinburgh agent, as the book has a Scottish theme.
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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptySun Feb 17, 2008 2:10 pm

Giles Gordon (Edinburgh) turned down my manuscript twice. Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptySun Feb 17, 2008 3:29 pm

Hmmm, I think once my next novel is finished I may just do the rounds of publishers again.
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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptyMon Feb 18, 2008 8:06 am

I've saved my rejection letters so that I can have a big bonfire one day...not that I look forward to getting them, but I figure that you always need a little paper to get the kindling going...
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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptyMon Feb 18, 2008 9:02 am

In light of the new kindle e-books, is that a pun? Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptySun Jul 27, 2008 8:44 am

Pam wrote:
I've saved my rejection letters so that I can have a big bonfire one day...not that I look forward to getting them, but I figure that you always need a little paper to get the kindling going...

I just now noticed this comment from many months ago, and started thinking, well, isn't it risky keeping all those rejection slips in the house?

There rather like germs, aren't they? Likely to spread, potentially infecting manuscripts that used to be perfect, but start coming down with typos and continuity problems that weren't there the last time you looked at them.

I take precautions! I throw the rejection slips away immediately and then vow never to read anything from that publisher again.

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P.S. Shelagh, that was an interesting article. The one question I wish hed been asked was this: How do small publishers who only come out with a handful of titles a year manage to stay in business at all? Some small presses have such a low profile, I wonder if they ever make any sales. And even if each book in that handful were to sell 5,000 copies, that's not enough income to run a business.
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It would be interesting to know if the author who makes a living wage is a non-fiction or fiction writer.

I'd hazard a guess.
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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptyTue Dec 04, 2012 10:29 pm

This was a real who done it mystery site. Did they make over two hundred dollars that they could talk about or was it just wishful talking? The thread started out asking the question about money and then got lost somewhere in the other drama. The fiction or non-fiction question was interesting too.
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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptyWed Jan 02, 2013 10:58 am

I like the attitude of that publisher! They obviously stand by the books they've chosen to publish which, for the author, is the next best thing to having fair royalties.

Inspirational! Smile thanks for sharing
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PostSubject: Re: Small Publishers and making a living   Small Publishers and making a living EmptyWed Jan 02, 2013 11:28 am

The publisher is still around. You can check out the new website here:

https://snowbooks.bibliocloud.com/webs/home

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