well, I have a 1-3 month window on finishing it. Then the guy asked when I expected to finish. They had not researched me at all, or they would have known I had already 4 published books (2 from Create Space and 2 from my current publisher). They did not know I was an attorney and I could tell salesman was getting peeved at the questions I was asking. I said I was looking for a bigger publisher who could perhaps help me with some publicity. That brought crickets. Then I said, are you a traditional publisher or a vanity (for my non-author friends a vanity is one you pay the price of publication.) He said they were a hybrid. I said that means you need money up front, right? There was a pause and a yes. He said is that prohibitive. I said better than that, it's a deal breaker.Then I hung up. No legit publishing house makes the author cough up money up front. I mean if you are struggling for a publisher, just run it through create space. It is impossible to return a self-published or vanity published book as they are all print on demand. This means your brick and mortar stores won't buy them as they cannot return them. I got very lucky when the local Barnes&Noble bought my two self published books. So if you are going to be in that situation, use a publication service that does not ask for money up front, like Create Space. Beware: There are lots of scam artists and people who just want your money and could care less what you sell.
Author Hugh Williams
My writing is influenced by the movies of George Romero, the Resident Evil series, and zombie fiction by Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook, and J.L. Bourne.