Not All Small Publishers Are Scams
If it’s out there, we’ve heard it:
“You’re a scam.”
“You just want to take my ideas.”
“Your company is racist.”
And so on, and so forth.
While I can’t speak to every entity that is currently on the market, I can speak for this one.
1) SHP isn’t a scam. We have published authors, and we’re an established business registered with the state of FL. This is one of the first things you should look for when determining whether or not a business might otherwise be shady.
2) Completed work is already copywritten. There are some industries (graphic design, for example) who recruit designers, interview them, and subsequently hire no one interviewed because their primary objective was to steal ideas for their in-house creative team. WE DO NOT DO THIS. Not only is it highly unethical, but the legality of such a practice should also come into question.
We were created by an author who has been writing since she was a child. When recruiting new authors, that’s what we look for—passion, grit, a desire to grow. The expectation is to foster ideas and concepts, not steal them.
3) The last point, while the most ridiculous, seems to need some sort of explanation. Focusing on diverse characters in fiction has nothing to do with the color of the person who writes them. To put it simply, it is our mission to fill a void that has lingered in the book industry for far too many decades.
There is simply not enough diverse fiction in the romance, sci-fi, fantasy (etcetera, etcetera) genres, and despite the rumors, people of color are looking! There is a demand!
How many people do you think Lando Calrissian and Finn inspired? Cassian Andor?
How many people do you think The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin resonated with?
How many people do you think want to see more books where black women are the loved ones? The desired ones? It is a constant, circulating topic on social media platforms, and we aim to be one of the solutions.
At the end of the day, yes, there are smaller houses whose practices are unsavory.
Take a moment to research their work.
Check their business registration.
Email and/or call and speak to someone.
We’re not mustache-twirling villains with low IQs looking to rip off the unsuspecting new writer.
Some of us, we began our business as a way to release what was trapped in our hearts.