A Factoid All New Writers Should Know


Excerpted from WriteonEdge.com by author Tina L. Hook:

“Don’t you want to see your book on store shelves?”

While my answer was a heartfelt yes, I was willing to face the trade-off. To self-publish means to relinquish all mainstream bragging rights, since readers won’t find you as credible if you are not stocked at their local bookstore. Other fans were also negative on the idea, worried my debut novel would struggle to find an audience without the backing of traditional media. By all accounts they were right to be concerned; marketing is a daily challenge that distracts me from my real passion—writing my next novel. Even my seasoned PR rep. has confirmed that becoming a successful author is often a ten year track, at minimum.

[Emphasis is mine, not the author’s.]

2 responses »

  1. Well, I tried to go the traditional publishing route, but when I got a letter from an agent refusing to handle my book because it was unpublishable, and giving me a list of ten changes to be made to make it publishable, I decided self-publishing was my only option, and not even an option since I was unemployed and pretty much broke. So I started a wordpress blog and put the whole thing on line, everything I have written. A year later an old friend from thirty years ago, read it on line and sent me the money to do a self-publishing. I decided not to go with any marketing ploy because nothing seemed quite right. That was a year and a half ago. The book is still online for any to read and four copies of the actual book have been sold. And yet, I am uncomfortably comfortable with this. And I am hoping that by Christmas my second book will be out – this time I am employed so I can actually pay for it myself. That has been my experience. The downside of a traditional publisher is relinquishing editorial rights – or so I have heard, obviously, since I don’t actually know anything by experience. I like being in control, even if it is only over four copies of the book, and I like keeping the website up so anyone can read the thing without having to buy it – would a regular publisher allow that? So for what it is worth, that is the way I have done things. I am interested in hearing other peoples’ experiences.
    It occurs to me that we may be in the same situation in the publishing world that musicians are in the music business. The independent recording artists are the best ones out there sometimes. Perhaps the book industry is antiquated?
    P.S. I love gardening, but my abilities at farming have been tried and found lacking. I wonder how one can do farming and writing both, each one so all consuming? More power to you that you can.

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