Ideally how many publishers should a prolific author have? It’s a somewhat ridiculous question, maybe, but it’s mine. Since I know of smaller publishers, should I spread around my proposals? Or should I try ever larger publishers?
I won’t knock CPH. If I write specifically Lutheran content, I’ll likely offer it to them first. However, they only publish so many books a year. Sometimes I wonder if they have somewhat tighter plans than a larger house may have.
Googling my question hasn’t helped me. I’ll ask my dad when I see him next (in forever, I mean, ten days), but it’s a funny sort of thing. If I were academic, I’d fit into a genre. If I were some sort of expert, I might have some sort of “in” somewhere. But as a somewhat random, theologically-driven writer, who hopes to write stuff and thereby write herself out of a job . . .
I mean, I write for my kids. So the quickest way to get illustrations and a book in my hands may be a smaller publisher. If I’m writing to help the world, maybe not so much.
(Doesn’t all of this sound like I’m on the verge of sending off another query letter with proposal and manuscript ready?! Nope. Stalling between rewrites, thanks.)
I just wish I knew and I don’ t know who to ask. I don’t know who might be in a similar situation as me with a few books under my belt, a little tiny bit of name recognition, but probably no real . . . I don’t know, category? Topic? It’s just merciful to write what I suspect people, kiddos included, need, and mercy is as broad as the love of God is wide!
Sometimes it’s the pragmatic things that get me about being a writer. Sort of like administration except I’d probably be better with administration/clerical stuff than making decisions in the ocean-like field wherein I’ve gotten my feet wet.
Oh well. Thoughts or theories about ideally how many publishers, as a number, may presents an author well? Fewer the better? Who cares? Do you think it reflects more or less than the number of books published?
Ah, numbers. Somehow thinking about them can be a stumbling block in so many ways. Sigh.