We’ve all heard of “puppy mills” or “puppy farms” which are large-scale breeding facilities that operate in deplorable conditions and cause health and hereditary problems in the dogs. I’ve written and spoken numerous times about the need for writers to avoid those companies and individuals that promise a lot and deliver little regarding the publication of your manuscript.
I’m asking all writers to avoid the “publishing mills” that dominate the
This is not in reference to the "mom and pop" operations that handle authors and the end product with great care and produce a professional product. I’m speaking of the large scale operations that eliminate individuality by covering the book with rip-off jackets and have little concern other than getting it produced.
I’ve often ranted about the large New York companies only in business is to
produce an end product. But there are some exceptions—the biggest publishing publishing companies demonstrate editorial selection and they take great care and pride in packaging their books. It's what the “publishing mills” lack.
If you have hope that your writing has a chance to sell in the form of books, then you must avoid the “publishing mills” and concentrate on making an investment in the final product.
Being an author has two-parts—the writing and everything else. Don’t ignore the everything else.