Small presses are more likely to publish an author with no agent or credentials than the big ones. It's how I moved from aspiring author to published author in the first place and why I currently have a work submitted awaiting a response.
But here's the thing: whenever I hear about a smaller publishing company putting out an open call it always seems to be one that specializes in romance. There's certainly a lot to do in that arena:
-High School Robotics Team student repairs her relationship with engineering.
-Best friends reunited after ten years fall in love while fighting off creatures from mirrors.
-Intended human sacrifice seduces the high priestess intended to prepare her for sacrifice.
-Language pedants fall in love.
-Traumatized super hero (brutally conditioned as an assassin, super healing, the like) and disowned mundane fall in love over games of chess and an unfortunate incident with a shotgun.
-The Band Story
BUT that's hardly a genre I want to be stuck in.
So I wonder if there are other small time publishers who would fit my kind of writing that don't fall into the, "We must have romance," category.
Anyone know of any?