Beware of small presses! Not that I have anything against them, and they're not all bad, but be careful. I've read two books lately that were published by small presses. They are filled with editing errors. Absolutely FILLED! I wondered if the books were self published at first, because the mistakes were so glaring and distracting, but no, I found out they were published by small presses.
What is wrong with the editors at those companies? It's as though they aren't qualified to do the job. It's very frustrating to me because I know what it's like to yearn to be published. I know what it's like to have this wonderful story you want to share.
How terrible it would be to finally be picked up only to have your book published by a company that does not make it shine. Or that doesn't know how to make it shine.
This is what you have to do. STUDY! You have to know the rules. You have to make sure your ellipses look like this . . . and not like this ........ (of varying length or too overused). You have to make sure the mistakes are caught if you are with a small press. Be sure to have qualified readers critique your book before it goes to a publisher. Be in a critique group.
People. These things are vital if you want your story to shine. It's too easy to miss your own mistakes. Don't be afraid of criticism from your early readers and critiquers, because I promise you, once your book is published it's too late.