So I am seeing a number of 'start-up publishers' that are making offers and even announcing deals on Publishers Marketplace. Though primarily e-book publishers, these new publishers are securing distribution deals for their print books and most often offering $0 - $200 advances with generous royalties. BUT--many, but definitely not all, have no professional editors on their staff nor do they hire professional freelance editors.
So I ask you, my blog readers....What is the benefit of going with these start-up publishers rather than self-publishing and keeping all your royalties?
If you could hire the likes of Emma Dryden, Karen Grove, Deborah Halverson, Tamson Weston....the list goes on and on and feel free to add their names to the comments section so people who do want to self-publish know who the freelance professionals in kids books are...and you can hire a reasonably priced cover artist, and you can learn how to upload books onto the ebook platforms, why go with a start-up publisher?
I am not saying anything negative about these publishers as they may be publishing amazing books and making an impact on our industry and our reading in the months and years to come, I just would love to know your thoughts...
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