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Category : Career
But in reality, self-publishing rarely leads to a traditional book deal.
In this week’s podcast episode, we talk about the three things that publishers look at when considering a self-published author.
If you ever think that you don’t measure up as a writer …
If you ever think that everyone else is so much better than you are …
If you ever feel like you’re just faking it …
You’re not alone.
Don’t take someone else’s ideas or content (don’t plagiarize).Don’t fabricate stories about the past and claim they are true (don’t lie).Don’t set out to make others look bad (don’t libel).Hold up your end of the publishing agreement (don’t breach your contract).
It matters when you’re trying to secure an agent.It matters when you’re trying to secure a publisher.It matters when you’re trying to win over readers.It matters and it can affect your publishing career.No, this doesn’t mean that you need to be silent about causes and opinions you believe in.It just means you need to be smart about it. Listen to the Gatecrashers episode here.
So why does it feel like you’re giving up on your dream of being traditionally published?
It shouldn’t feel that way. There are certain situations in which self-publishing is your best option! Our latest podcast episode helps you identify when self-publishing might be the best fit for you.
Even if you’re unpublished.
Even if you write fiction.
Even if you don’t think anyone will ever visit it.
You need a website, and we talk about why on the latest episode of The Gatecrashers Podcast.
Or you can get agents to like you, as a person.
If an agent likes you, then they’re that much more likely to give you more of their time, more of their input. They’re more likely to sign you.
In the years following, Wes has grown a successful career, book by book, opportunity by opportunity. His most recent deal with Del Rey was listed in Publisher’s Marketplace as a “Major Deal,” which is the top tier of their deal categories.
For years, Heather Thompson Day‘s author platform hovered around 5,000 followers. Despite numerous book releases with a small denominational press and a steady speaking schedule, she just couldn’t seem to grow her tribe. She felt stuck.
And then all of a sudden, things changed.
Within two years, she hit 150,000 followers.
What changed? What did she do differently?
What’s your idea for a children’s book? Most authors have one. Whether you typically write adult romance or business nonfiction, chances are you have an idea for a picture book, chapter reader, or kids novel. Chances are, you’ve even written some of it down!
But is it worth an author’s time to pursue a career in kids publishing—especially if writing for children isn’t their true “calling”?