"The Dirty Little Secret"..Miss Snark wants MORE
Writes a Snarkling:
Of course the dirty little secret of many of the literary small presses is that many of their works of fiction and poetry are subsidized by the authors. My last book was published only because I turned over to the press $5,000 from a state arts council fellowship in fiction. The book did manage to get some nice reviews -- from PW, American Book Review, and various gay magazines -- and has sold enough copies that I've made some of my "investment" back in fairly substantial royalties.It seems fair to me. Like the authors you are discussing, I am an amateur and a hobbyist. It was a good enough experience that I am now trying to find a press who will let me subsidize my next story collection and avoid the Publish America/XLibris/iUniverse black hole.
Miss Snark retires to her fainting couch with this revelation.
I had no idea small literary presses wanted you to cough up dough. Probably because none of them would suggest it to Miss Snark for fear of a a stiletto heel to the noggin.
Agents are touting university presses now; my colleagues have placed several books there recently and I've sniffed around them a bit. I've slunk around to some smaller presses as well.
Is this "pay to play" experience wider than just the one?
Do tell. Miss Snark is not only all ears, she's tuned up her ear trumpet just for you.