pls wrote:Vanessa, I would want transparency, quick, honest responses to queries and questions, generous royalties, treatment as an equal in a writer-publisher joint partnership, and an all-out marketing program - again, a joint writer-publisher effort - in a publisher.
Well, I think everything you just described you can have....in yourself. Those qualities are the basis for what self publishing is all about in my opinion. As I have began the tedious process of trying to find a literary agent, I'm finding the research into to that is more involved then the actual writing of the manuscript. Agents are just people and you have to do thorough research on each one to see not only what their personal preferences are (social and political agendas included) as well as what type of authors and manuscripts do they already represent.
Being a tech geek myself, I'm finding it much easier to find the right material about self-publishing than actual navigating the gatekeeper process. It really comes down to what you goal in your writing really is. For me, I just want to tell my stories and find out how the public receives them and if I can make a buck or two all the better.
The technology available today is astounding, and believe me it will get better as it goes along. I truly believe that self publishing will one day open the door between the traditional publishers/agents and many of the authors who have great stories who are mired in the slush pile. One only has to see the examples of travel agents, block buster and the music industry to see how much technology and the infinite number of gadgets the greater public has impacted those traditional businesses. The impact of technology on those mediums has been revolutionary to the norm in only a decade.
I hope I'm right. I hope the self publishing business is both a boon for aspiring writers and the publishers who will one day embrace the medium.