I’m busy with the holidays and fighting a cold, so I’ll make this short and sweet.
Here’s some good info from Jane Friedman on how to choose a small publisher.
It can be tough to sell any of the Big Five on your first novel. Even if you do, you’re not likely to get the marketing support you envisioned. They typically concentrate on their top selling authors.
Small publishers want your book to be successful as much, or almost as much, as you do.