Trying On a Publisher Like a Pair of Shoes

March 1, 2013

beagle trying on shoes

Here’s something I will never understand.  Author says,

“I didn’t really care about this manuscript, so I decided to give it to Publisher ABC to see if they’re any good.”

What the heck is that about? I’ve heard this numerous times over the years, and I’m confused every time someone utters it. If I worked on something, and wasn’t that invested in it, I would still NEVER give it to anyone, let alone “test” a publisher.

You don’t try on publishers like you would a pair of shoes. You research publishers to make sure they are a company who will do right by your book.

If you’re that unsure they’re any good, then trust your instincts and don’t query them. Once you publish something, it’s out there. Forever. Do you really want to have a half-baked book you wrote and don’t love out there?

And really, if it’s good enough to publish, then doesn’t it make sense to get it pubbed by a good company? If it sucks stale Twinkie cream and some publisher wants to publish it, then you already have your answer about the quality of that publisher, don’t you?

How ’bout you? Have you ever been tempted to send in a lesser quality work to see if the publisher you’re interested in is any good? I’m still scratching my head.

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