The problem though is getting your manuscript past the acquisitions editor of a major publishing house. And, while I always say nothing ventured nothing gained, getting published by one of the “Big 5” publishers isn’t very probable for a new author. (Though, never say never.)
According to Book Business, the Big 5 are: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan. (1)
And, while you may have a better chance with one of the Big 5’s imprints, getting published will still be a tough goal to achieve.
So, what do authors who want to be traditionally published do?
Simple, they submit to small publishers.
In an interview with her local paper, Edmond, Oklahoma, Vivian Zabel said, “There needs to be something between the major publishers who won’t accept anything and the vanity or self-publishing entities.”
Taking the ‘bull by the horns,’ Zabel created her own small publishing company, 4RV Publishing. It’s put out 115 quality books over the last 10 years. They publish from children’s books up.
Zabel went on to say, “4RV looks for authors who fall through the cracks at major publishing houses.”
Larger publishers look for the “marquis authors.” Because of this, 4RV gets to find some great stories.
To read about 4RV and get an idea of how a small publisher works, check out Zabel’s interview at: Small Publisher Fills the Gap Between Major and Vanity Publishing
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