Looking for likely small publishers (as you do), I came across one accepting the kind of stuff I write, read a little further into their submission guidelines, and was stopped short. In addition to the usual things to send, like the query letter, synopsis and first three chapters, they also wanted an outline of my author platform. To find out what they’re looking for, the prospective customer is directed here:
If you thought you had one, I bet that took the wind out of your sales! And the publisher who insists that you know a dozen or so high-profile TV celebrities before you even submit your ms has bugger all in sales. I wouldn’t have submitted to them because of their utter lack of marketing clout. On the other hand, they wouldn’t want some piddling little amateur like me anyway.
As I’ve said on previous occasions, I’m just going to keep writing. All that other garbage is for people who don’t write. Obviously. Where would they find the time?