Inspired by Max Booth III’s post dissecting a small press author agreement, which he calls a “bullshit contract,” I’ve put together some information culled during my 10 years as a writer trying to become an author in the small press world. Warning: the following contains hard truths.
Who is this article for:
- Writers/authors looking to get a short story published with a small press either online or in print (small press = a publisher that most people haven’t heard of)
- Writers/authors who think having stories published with small presses will generate a sustainable living
Who is this article NOT for:
- Writers/authors who have an agent (the agent should be doing the job of filtering out a publisher’s potential, not you)
- Writers/authors who are not interested in small press publishing. If you are 100% committed to publishing (novels or story collections) with the traditional publishers (HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, etc) then you can skip most of this article.