As some of you may or may not be aware, Jessewave is doing a series of How To articles for aspiring (and perspiring) m/m writers. I volunteered to do a post on what to look for in a publisher -- I feel qualified to talk about this since I've made both good and bad decisions in choosing my publishing partners.
Keyword there: publishing partners. That gives you a clue what I look for in a publisher.
But of course the article will be of far more use to our peers if it isn't just about me and my choices, so I'd really like to hear from you on what you look for in a publisher. What's on your publisher wish list? What mistakes have you made -- and what have learned from them?
By the way, I have no problem naming "good" publishers in the article, but I'm not going to mention the stinkers by name (for obvious reasons). However, we can still -- without naming names -- point out the things to watch for and avoid when, for example, looking over contracts.
And, frankly, I think it would be interesting to hear from the not-yet-published as to their expectations as to how the publishing partnership works. I know that when you're starting out, the desire to be published in any way, shape, or form often overrides all other considerations.
My article is out on the 28th, so I really need any and all feedback before the 24th.
Thanks for your help with this! I know your colleagues will appreciate your valuable insight and experience.
**I should probably add that if you'd prefer to contact me privately, off-line, please feel free to go ahead and do so.**