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:hi:everybody! Lovely to see you.

I'm in the US, staring down Round 2 of a sub. A couple of publishers on the list are UK-based. Their reputations are decent - I recognize books on both lists, and both have been around for a while.

Having said that...has anyone else in the US had experience publishing through the UK? (I know about Angry Robot, but they're apparently set up a bit differently - we were able to sub to them directly, without going through a UK agency.) On the one hand, it's lovely to have someone else do the heavy lifting of editing and cover design. On the other hand...if I'm not going to get much in the way of marketing/publicity there, I'm not sure it's worth taking the time. (This book is nearing the end of its sub list, and for mental health reasons I'm revisiting how much longer I want to put it through all this.)

It's the same question to ask of any small pub, I suppose; I'm just wondering if anyone knows if/how the geographical element plays into it. Anyone?
 
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My only experience like that was writing for Big Finish Ltd. I appeared in one of their Doctor Who Short Trip anthologies, so media tie-in/work-for-hire.

The experience itself was good and it was entertaining trying to cash the check at the credit union (watching them try to convert pounds into dollars . . . Maybe I should have hung onto it and tried to time the market to get the best conversion rate?)
 
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On the other hand...if I'm not going to get much in the way of marketing/publicity there, I'm not sure it's worth taking the time.

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I'm just wondering if anyone knows if/how the geographical element plays into it.

I guess one thing to consider is there's no guarantee of marketing or publicity even if you're with a Big 5 (or 4 now, sigh) and in your own country.

Being in the same locale at least means you can take on some of the promo work yourself if you're so inclined, but for those of us who don't live in either the US or UK, publishing outside our geographical area (with no hope of doing school or bookshop visits in person etc) is the norm. It happens all the time.
 
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Being in the same locale at least means you can take on some of the promo work yourself if you're so inclined, but for those of us who don't live in either the US or UK, publishing outside our geographical area (with no hope of doing school or bookshop visits in person etc) is the norm. It happens all the time.

Yeah, that's a good point. I am familiar with the fickle marketing system of even the biggest publishers. My first book got a decent, albeit erroneous, pre-release push; the other two got nothing. They did rattle around bookstores, though, which no doubt helped a little.

I did make the decision to ask Agent to explore the non-US possibilities. One issue is that it has to go through a different agency - they need to read the book and decide if there's a market for it there, so there's a wait before I learn if it's going to be subbed at all. How long a wait? This is publishing; who knows?

Which is my problem, of course: there are things I'd need to do if the book doesn't sell, and me being me it's hard to sit in limbo. I have less and less hope daily, and that feeds my desire to take some kind of control of the situation. I suppose seeking information is the closest thing I can get to actually doing something.