Writing for a Small Press

By Patty Smith Hall

Patty here, and today, I’d like to welcome my good friend, Cynthia Hickey, publisher of Forget-Me-Know Romance to talk about the advantages of writing for a small press. Cynthia, the floor is yours!
Writing for a Small Press
by Cynthia Hickey 
This is my life now. Not only am I an author, but I now run a small press with the help of my husband. A line that my agent so nicely handed me. Smart man. It’s a lot of work. But, it’s also very rewarding in having the opportunity to help authors who don’t necessarily need the help, but want some guidance.

This is an exciting venture for us as we enter into the world of being a publisher. There are a lot of books available to help a person get their book in ebook form, but all of these take time. Often, a writer finds that the details take up time that they would rather spend writing. With more and more books showing up on ebook distributing sites, it often takes a team to reach as many people as possible. We want to help you get started.
Why publish with a small press? Why go ebook? Why go indie when you want to be traditional? Why not start indie and strive for being a hybrid? The primary reason for using a small press is to bypass the misconceived notion of what self-published is and have the backing of a publisher’s name. This also helps you build a readership and hone your craft in order to entice a traditional publisher. Don’t be surprised though if you decide to stay with a small press. The higher royalties might be worth it to you. If you’re a traditionally published author looking to fill in between contracts or list your back lists, ebooks are a great way to pull in readers to your traditionally published books and vice versa.

Need some help with your unpublished manuscript? Cynthia Hickey, hybrid, and Amazon best-selling author, and her small ebook line, may be the ones who can help you.
Today’s publishing world is changing faster than some writers can keep up. Not only must you have a well-written book, but you must be prolific. Where once, you needed a large publisher to see your book in print, with small royalties and a long time to wait before seeing the fruit of your labor, today that is no longer the case. A book can be in ebook form and in print via print-on-demand within a matter of weeks and royalties paid to the author are much higher than in the traditional route. It’s an exciting time to be a writer!
Today’s author wears many hats; writer, publisher, marketer, cover designer, etc. They must be active on social media. Everywhere they turn, they’re bombarded with what’s new, what’s old, what doesn’t work anymore and what’s the new thing to guarantee sales.
We’re told we must have a book published every three months in order to stay in the reader’s sights. While this is true, it is often overwhelming to those who take longer to complete a manuscript than others.
Are you tired of writing to fit a mold? Have you received the rights back on previously traditionally published works? Do you have a dusty manuscript that can’t find a home? Then Forget Me Not Romances may be the place for you.
The Forget Me Not Romances is a line of sweet, clean and/or inspirational novels that allow the reader to get lost in a good romance. This line is open to romance genres of historical, western, contemporary, suspense, and mystery. Don’t worry. If you contact us about one line, and we feel you’ll fit better with the other one, we’ll switch you over if that’s what you prefer.

Cynthia Hickey
Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author
Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through
Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in
the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third
cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times.
All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary
Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of
Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She had several historical romances release
through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold close to a million copies
of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, three box turtles, and two Sulcata tortoises. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

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