Big 5 publishers


Four of the Five Major Publishers Have a Relationship with ASI, Inc. 2

Major publishers and ASI, Inc., (Author Solutions) sadly seem to go hand in hand. When I write about the pitfalls in this industry, and publishing seems to have as many wolves in sheep’s clothing as Carter’s has pills, my remarks generally aren’t wild ravings but tales based on my own […]


Free Opening-Chapter Critique

An opening-chapter critique from The Perfect Write® discusses in detail the pertinent issues related to publishability.  Never has this been more important than in today’s fiercely competitive marketplace. The specifics of any critique are of course dependent on the actual narrative.  However, the analysis normally includes most if not all […]


Big-Name Authors Publish Own Books

More big-name authors are joining the ranks of “personal” publishers.  Hence, I’m going to make a prediction.  In part it’s due to the success John Locke and a few others like him have had at becoming their own publishers.  My belief is that we’ll soon see more big-name authors going […]


Statistics Show Why It’s So Difficult for Debut Authors to Become Published by Big 5 Imprints

  Amazon has something like 500,000 exclusive self-published titles available–while the entire Big 5 with its several hundred imprints publishes around 50,000 titles each year.  And this includes both fiction and nonfiction.  If you read Publishers Marketplace, you’ll see that it reports about 50 new titles each day.  The math […]


Kensington Publishing Is Only Major Continuing to Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts, But the Writer Must Understand Genre

The only major publisher I’m aware of that continues to consider unsolicited material for its imprints is Kensington, which is not categorized as a Big 5 publisher because it remains independent and not part of a conglomerate. Regardless, Kensington has imprints covering a dozen or more genres, and subscribers can […]


Indie Publisher Midnight Ink Wins Bid for Book

Interesting vignette I read regarding Midnight Ink, a quality indie Mystery imprint many writers will be familiar with, winning a bid not long ago for a book that was auctioned.  I’m not aware of an indie seriously bidding for a project in the current publishing climate, so it shows that […]