Now feels like a good time to talk about what a publisher should be.
So why use any publisher at all, right?
- Should have access to, and be using, promotional opportunities individual creators don't get/don't have time for. Mailing out ARCs (advanced reader copies), submitting to industry journals, applying for awards.
- Should be handling production. Pre-press, printing.
- Financing your run. At the least, running your KS for you. At the most, paying out of pocket.
There's a lot of wiggle room in these guidelines. I've printed a couple dozen books now, and no 2 were alike. but a publisher needs to earn its cut.