I've learned more about the publishing industry since getting my book out there and networking with other writers, but I'm still no expert on comparing and contrasting all the options. I can, however, share with you some of the aspects I like about being with a smaller, independent publishing house.
I'll have to wait until September 1 to tell you about two things that currently have me head over heels for my particular publisher *eyebrows*eyebrows*eyebrows* but one factor I can tell you about right now:
At my indie publisher, I've lucked into an automatic support system of "sister" and "brother" authors. With a smaller stable of authors, there seems to be a we're-all-in-this-together attitude rather than an atmosphere of competition. We applaud each others' successes and openly share what's worked and what hasn't. When an author reaches out a hand for help, a dozen grasp back to pull her or him up. Actually, that doesn't stop at the authors---the editors and marketing staff are right in there too.
It's a lot like what I've found in the blogging community, and it was the patient guidance of my Omnific Publishing comrades that gave me the boost I needed to navigate the intimidating on-line social networking scene---like Lisa Sanchez providing me with much needed structure for my blogging habits with the Meet an Author Monday weekly blog hop, and getting showered with #FF love from Omni-family on Twitter Fridays (even though I've been a horrible slouch in that department---I'll do better!).
Here's another example of the kind of support I'm talking about. In the midst of all she's got going on, Carol Oates, fellow Omnific Publishing author of Young Adult, has recently read and reviewed my book! And what a lovely review it is. :) Jennifer Lane and Jessica McQuinn have done the same in the past, and I get a HUGE grin on my face every time.
Now, how about a little support from me to a sister?
Carol recently uploaded her short story Unfinished, to Smashwords so you can sample her beautiful work for free!