Ok, let me start this one off by saying I'm really not against traditional publishing, even though it must seem that way by now. Quite to the contrary, however, I am very much hoping that the series of m/m and m/m/m romances that the Muses have been dancing through my head will get picked up by on of the many fine purveyors of zipper rippers. (I've been thoroughly enjoying Dreamspinner Press author Rhianne Aile's books Cursed and Betrayed. Totally yummy, hot, gorgeous boy on boy sex...ok, ok, yummy, hot, explicit, gorgeous boy on boy sex... you've been warned. Steamy sex aside, the story really well told.) Ahem, where was I... looking for a cold shower... erm, right, reason number seven (I think it's seven) why I am not necessarily enchanted with traditional publishing.
So, as you've possibly gathered from the above, I'm researching publishers for my own yummy boy on boy stories. Obviously, there's no guarantee any particular publisher will love me as much as I love them, but the first step in any new project is research. Every author, new or seasoned, needs to be careful who they sign on with--you shouldn't jump into bed with a publisher any more than you should jump into bed with that hot person at the bar who offers to buy you a beer. Once you've signed over your 'baby' to a publisher, it can be difficult to sever those ties. I guess that's reason number eight why I'm not afraid to self publish... but anyway... in the course of my researching traditional publishers who handle LGBT stories, I found this one:
Lethe Press says...
"All authors must secure the services of a copy editor before turning in final manuscripts for publication. Otherwise, such manuscripts will be deemed unacceptable. If an author does not know a skilled copy editor, Lethe Press can offer recommendations. The Author is responsible for paying the copy editors fees. If the Author cannot pay this at the time of submission, the fees will be deducted from his/her forthcoming royalties."
Ok, now, I realize the importance of turning in a clean, edited manuscript for consideration but once a publisher accepts a manuscript, they are supposed to be responsible for making sure it's 'perfect.' They are supposed to employ (and pay!) copy-editors, not deduct such services out of an author's already paltry royalty.
I would rather self publish than deal with a publisher who docks my pay for something they're supposed to do.