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Five Questions to Ask Before Signing with a Small Press

Before you sign a contract, it’s worth opening up a dialogue to understand how the press handles the publishing process.

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1. Who makes up your editorial staff, and how will I interact with them?

2. How do you make books available to reviewers?

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3. How far in advance of publication should I expect preorders to be available, and from where?

4. How is PR handled?

5. What is your distribution model?

Wendy J. Fox is the author of four books of fiction, including the novel If the Ice Had Held and the forthcoming collection What If We Were Somewhere Else. She has written for The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, Self, Business Insider, and Ms., and her work has appeared in literary magazines including Washington Square, Euphony, and Painted Bride Quarterly. More at