I’ve heard terrible things about small presses, so what’s different about Lakewater Press compared to others?
Well, we know we’re not a big publishing house and we don’t attempt to emulate one. We admit to having limited marketing budgets, but this doesn’t mean we don’t spend our money wisely. We always always try to do the right thing by our authors. We say we’re author friendly and we are. We interact on a personal level with our authors and readers. We are always open and honest. We listen to our authors and readers. We’re willing to listen and evolve. We admit to not knowing everything but are prepared to try new things, and equally to accept when something isn’t working.
Do you accept submissions from authors without agents?
Yes. Having an agent isn’t essential to us, we just love brilliant books and wonderful writing.
Do you accept submissions from agents?
If you publish my book, can I just sit back, put my feet up, and watch you do all the work?
No, definitely not. We expect 100% commitment and effort from our authors. We will be proactive with marketing and publicity and we expect you to be the same. It’s a team effort, so if you want to give your book the best chance of success work hard; that’s what all the successful authors do.
Do you publish children’s fiction?
We publish young adult books but not middle grade, chapter books, or picture books.
Do you publish novellas, graphic novels, adult picture books, or anything other than full-length novels?
Do you charge a fee for publishing author’s books?
No. We are a traditional press. We never ask for money from our authors, but we’re happy if authors want to complement our efforts by paying for their own marketing too.
Do you pay advances?
Not yet, but we hope to in the future. For now, we just pay healthy royalties.
How do we get in touch with you?
I love your books. How do I tell people about them?
First, thank you! There is nothing better than hearing this. Definitely don’t keep your opinion to yourself; we’d love for you to leave a book review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and pretty much anywhere and everywhere else you can. Also, why not join our street team of dedicated Lakeys? All you do is supply us with your email address and we’ll send you everything of which we would like a signal boost. In return we’ll give you exclusive material from our authors, swag, gifts, and maybe even sneaky peeks into manuscripts we’re considering. Just email us!