Publisher for Thriller novel

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Hello all!!

It's been a while since I posted. Life keeps distracting me. I'm currently finishing up a new novel. Well, not new. It happens to be the very first novel I ever written (I'm talking like back in late 1990's) and finally getting around to getting it ready for publishing.

I've been researching publishers for thriller novels and was wondering if any one have any suggestions. I'm looking at Camel Press, Joffe Books and Lyrical Press. What are everyone's thoughts?

Thanks!
 

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Gosh, I don't know anything about those presses (other than Lyrical/Kensington being a long-established trade publisher), but I hope after you've researched them you post your findings here at Absolute Write and share them with the community.
 

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What are your publishing goals? Do you want to be trade published the "traditional" way, where an agent is the one pitching your novel to the presses for you? Or do you want to work directly with a small press? Or are you looking for a """"""""hybrid""""""/self-publishing outfit?

Cause if it's the first one, then you really don't need to be researching publishers yourself.
 
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I'll repeat advice I've given here many times.

If your goal is trade publication--physical books sold in stores, possibly paired with ebook editions sold online--then you've got homework. Go to three bookstores that are not part of the same chain. For many of us, this involves regional travel, so any time you're going to a nearby city or town, roll a bookstore visit into your timetable.

In the store, find the section where your book would be shelved for sale if it were already out there. With the aid of a camera, photograph or take video the other books in the section, close enough to read titles and authors on their spines. (Be subtle about the camera--silenced, no flash, not in the way of other book buyers.) Be a good person and buy a book written by your competitor.

Now go home and get online. Find out who published every book you photographed. (You'll learn to recognize many publisher's imprint symbols on the spines pretty fast.) Go to each publisher's website and see if they have a way for authors to submit their books. If they do not, then they deal with agents rather than directly with authors. Use your google skills to identify which agents sold these books for their author-clients. Those agents are your A-list to enable access to the "big" publishers. The publishers who do have a way to submit directly may not promote as much, as they tend to be smaller with less money, but they're still real publishers.

Unless you have a valid reason to seek a small publisher (i.e., they have a niche focus and your book is exactly that), aim high. Small presses may seem less scary, and less likely to reject your work, but they're more likely to sell substantially fewer copies of your book--and more likely to fold if their finances or principal/only employee are not healthy.

And as Unimportant said, you want to do your research on any publisher or agent, ideally before you submit.

Maryn, wishing you both luck and success
 

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Thanks for the advice.

Where I live, there's not too many bookstores around, except for one that's hard for me to get to. All others that i know are about 1.5 hrs away. I was looking at a smaller publisher. For me, shelf publishing is out of the question. Looked into before and it's not for me.
 

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Thanks for the advice.

Where I live, there's not too many bookstores around, except for one that's hard for me to get to. All others that i know are about 1.5 hrs away. I was looking at a smaller publisher. For me, shelf publishing is out of the question. Looked into before and it's not for me.
You can research small presses as well. What are the Amazon rankings for their books? How many books per year do they, and their individual authors, publish? How long do their authors stick with them? Where do their books get reviewed? What do readers think about their books? Do their authors praise the publisher or complain about them?

Whatever you learn, I hope you will share it here. It's great to see members asking for advice and help, but it's also important that they offer help and advice in return.
 

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Whatever small publishers you may be considering, do yourself a favor and check AW's Bewares, Recommendations and Background Checks subforum before you submit. (Here's a link to the Index.) If the publisher has a thread, you may find useful information there. If the publisher doesn't have a thread, start one and ask for info. There may be folks here at AW who can give you the benefit of their experience, and others who are willing to research the publisher and pass on their findings. (I'm one of the latter.)

Please - especially if you're looking at new companies - don't be afraid to ask for advice.