Hard Truths

Even though I’m an indie author, the search continues for a publisher to take on future works. There are a handful companies that have been around for a while that I would love to work with. Entangled Publishing and Lyrical Press are at the top of my list. They offer good contracts, royalties and distribution for their authors.

Penner Publishing is a newcomer I’m keeping an eye on. The covers are pretty. The website is geared toward readers. They are clearly focused on Romance. The million dollar question is can they reach readers?

One hard truth that I’m discovering is finding a good publisher is like finding a good date. She can look like a supermodel, but secretly kicks puppies. He might love animals, but treats other human beings like week old shrimp.

I had to axe a couple of dream publishers from my list and it made me sad. A few years ago, Samhain was at the top of their game. Authors thrived under their banner. They were one of a tiny few digital first publishers to get books in Barnes & Noble stores. I wanted to work with them so bad it hurt. Then market changed and now the company struggles to keep the doors open. So far they are treating authors fairly through the uncertain times, but we’ve all seen how fast things can go downhill when a publisher is on the rocks.

Other companies have gotten crossed off the list because of legal shennanigans, unprofessional conduct by staff members, change in focus away from my writing style or lack of sales.

My inner control freak is tired. She’s ready to hand over the reigns and let a publisher carry some of the load. Unfortunately, the number of horses in the stable dwindles every day.

Like Bonnie Tyler,






About Akaria Gale

Akaria Gale lives in Brooklyn with her husband, children and a disgruntled cat. She is a native New Yorker, slow cooker enthusiast, hard cider advocate who occasionally finds time to write about the secret world right underneath our noses. One day she hopes to give winter the middle finger and become a beach bum.

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