I knew that some were too big for me - I'm no Anna Maria Horner or Amy Butler!!! So those were easy to eliminate. But how to decide between publishers?
Here's where agents come in. If I had been working with an agent (Kate) when I submitted my proposal she may have shopped it around to some publishers to get feedback. I didn't have that option so I relied on research - reading lots of craft books! Ultimately C&T / Stash books just stood out to me. Their questionaire may have been easier too...
|My box of advance copies for promotion.|
I hired Kate after the proposal was accepted, but before I had a contract. She negotiated my contract. If there were things I was uncertain about she helped me. I am 100% certain that the process would have been harder for me without her. Also, she's awesome and adorable.
Is an agent necessary? No. Plenty of people write craft books without them. Oddly enough, very few people write novels without an agent (and Kate works with novelists too!). Part of me thinks that they know something that crafters don't. I'm a suspicious person.
For me, I found that it was the right choice after talking with people who opted to not use an agent. Why wouldn't you want someone who knows more about publishing than you do helping you? She's not some evil person looking to make money off me. Trust me, she really didn't get much at all. I feel like she is genuinely interested in crafts and wants to help people.
I want to take a minute to talk about C&T / Stash books too. I. LOVE. THEM. Such a talented a nice group. I'm going to go into more detail about them in my next 2 posts, but you need to just trust me when I say that they are the best.
January 22: Design and Layout
January 29: Edits and contest info!