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The Book Shepherds on Publishing: which is for you?
I’m afraid you are in for a rude awakening if you go the traditional route. Yes, you can get the attention of an agent and publisher with 60,000 book sales—especially since the traditional publishing averages LESS than 5,000. What’s motivating you—maybe ego? Do you think there will be less work on your side involved with creating sales? Maybe you think a publisher will promote like hell? Think again.
Why so many authors think that their friend who teaches literature at the local college, or their sister who loves everything they write and do is the perfect editor for their work is beyond me. Your editor can make or break your work—she can shape and shore it up … or, put in some commas and check your spelling. There are now more self and independent published books than those produced by the traditional NY houses—and too, too many have minimal, if any, editing. Think “ruthless editing.” Cut and shape, hire a pro—and, when in doubt, cut it out.
The Book Shepherds on Authors and Media Interviews
Ha! You’ve landed an interview on your book; you’ve prepped, only to discover that they person interviewing you is clueless. Or, they have their own agenda. What to do? Why take control, that’s what you do!
Remember growing up, we were taught that we had to answer any question an adult asked you? Forget that rule. Authors need, no must, learn how to deflect a question.
Book Publishing Persistence, Perseverance and Passion …
Here’s an astonishing fact:Three books on the top 10 titles on the Combined Print and E-Book Fiction Best Seller List in September were self-published: #4 Blind Faith by CJ Lyons, #5 The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan, and #6 The Abbey by Chris Culver. All published under the own imprints—all very successful.
One of the last items on the book publishing “to do” list is to create the Acknowledgement Page … the Thank Yous to the team that assisted you in creating your baby. These are the people who got you here … don’t ignore them. Think in the narrative … let your readers know what your team did to get your book birthed.