I broke a cardinal rule of mine. I didn't do my research before I submitted something. Shame on me.
Lucky for me it was only the difference between standard publishing and e-publishing. Samhain Publishing is an e-publisher. I don't have anything against that venue. It provides a necessary niche for people who, for one reason or another, don't wish to buy a hardcopy book. I'm not one of those people. I like the whole book sensation. The feel of the book in my hands - its weight, its texture; the smell of freshly bound pages or of long hidden classics; the way the binding cracks the first time you open one and the fluttering sound of the pages as you turn them. It's the whole nine-yards for me. Reading online is so... Bland.
I'm a little disappointed in myself for missing that. I don't want the first publication of any of my novels to be in e-book form. I want to be able to hold them, and yes, even to pet them. So I probably won't accept publication there if I make it that far.
It could have been much worse for me, though. I could have made the mistake with a less-than-reputable publisher. (I almost did once with PublishAmerica but research saved my ass there.) I could have made the mistake by sending my work off to a scam agent, which I have managed to avoid to date.
Oh, sure. The link I followed was a reputable one. I knew the folks who posted the link were published authors, and on the up-n-up. But it isn't up to those guys to protect me, and it isn't up to someone else to make the determination whether something is right for me. That's my job.
And after I spent so much time espousing the need to think for oneself, and to never let anyone tell me what I should think about any given thing. I'm very disappointed with myself.
Lesson learned. I'm just glad the lesson was one of personal taste and not a painful one.
BTW, this post is in no way meant to disparage Samhain, which is probably a very good publisher, and has never been presented to me as otherwise. I wish them and their authors all the success in the world.
Now, I have to go mentally smack myself around for a while.
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