This decision has become a major problem with writers. Why? Today, a high percent of publishers want an agent to go through tons of query letters before they reach them. This way, the agent gets rid of what they call “Junk Mail.” Sad, because there might be a terrific story in that pile, but because if we don’t have the talent on how to word our description to our book, we lose out.
It’s bad enough we spend hundreds, and sometimes, thousands of dollars on an editor, and now we’re put in the spot to pay someone to write your query or book proposal. We, as writers, spends unbelievable money without any guarantee our query letter, book proposals or manuscripts themselves, will even be read. It’s true when they say everyone makes money off the writer, except the writer.
The healthy writers, mentally and physically, are the ones who write for fun and not fame. They don’t go through the months or years with their manuscripts on their desk and blowing dust off them. They don’t wait around for someone to say after eternity, “I’d like to see your work.” I had one lucky reply ten years ago to only get another reply months later, “Thank you, but it’s not what we want to publish.”
Is it worth waiting? Yes, a well-known publisher is the frosting on the cake. Then you have to wait 1-2 years for the publication, the editors may ask you to cut-down 100 pages or so. If the book does not sell enough to their liking, they can discontinue publishing your book. What if they go out of business?
Benefits with a Publisher: They get your books into bookstores, give you some spotlights on websites, get your book into libraries or other locations, maybe set you up on a book tour or send you some advancement with money to cover the tour. Remember, that gift of advanced money comes out of your royalties…if you make any.
One positive thing with an agent or a publisher, they do want you to succeed. If you make money, they make money. You may be the nicest person they met, but it’s a business to them.
But no matter how you publish your book, you still have to do the promoting. If you don’t get weak knees and shortness of breath from fear, you can talk and make decent money at small locations. Sell yourself, not your book. If you know what you are talking about, your books will move off the table.
I was told my another successful author, charge something…anything for talks or any event. Other wise, they will not take you seriously as a professional writer. Everyone will want you to fill in their gap at an event for free.
Don’t be afraid to charge. You worked for your talent, get paid for it.
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