Why I submit to small publishers first

First off, let me confess that I have daydreamed about getting a contract from Simon and Schuster, Random House or another one of the big publishers. In these daydreams I get a five figure--sometimes six figure--advance and my book appears in every bookstore throughout Toronto. I suspect you've had similar daydreams. What writer hasn't? We might be satisfied with making a decent living from our work, but every writer at some point imagines what it would be like to make as much money from their books as J.K. Rowling or George R. R. Martin. And yet years of researching--and working in--the publishing industry have convinced me that a contract with a big publisher is rarely as grand as one imagines it to be. Big advances mean lots of time waiting…
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