A well published path paved with gold? Maybe… Graphic courtesy freedigitalphotos.net
In this age of DIY publishing and so many choices (more each day), the hard truth is that anyone with a keyboard can jump online and publish a “book.”
It may not be a very good book. It may suffer from as many errors as there are holes in baby swiss cheese, but it’s happening… and all too often.
Worse, we see authors who have unbelievably great stories being left by the proverbial roadside, unable to find the right agent, editor or publisher who will love their words. And again, all too often, they end up making a bad deal with a publisher who’s eager to grab their cash, but not so eager to make sure their words find a loving audience.
So, how do we pursue “well-published” in today’s market, this new “golden age of writers” that all too often produces tin?
We do what writers do best; we research!
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And knowing that we researched the living daylights out of the 64 agents, editors, publishers, and other fabulous speakers coming to this year’s conference, we’re confident that yes, once again, many matches will be made.
Last year, several publishing deals were penned. They weren’t all huge, six-figure deals. Some are still working with the agents they met to find the right fit. Others chose quality partner publishers. Another made a traditional publishing deal after all her previous books had been self-published. And just last week a 2014 attendee announced she’d been offered a contract by a prestigious small press she met last year.
And although she has her publishing deal, she’s coming back to PubSense Summit this year, this time to shop for a publicist and learn some marketing expertise for when that book hits the street. In my humble opinion, as fortunate as she was to get a deal, that publisher is equally fortunate to sign an author who’s still researching, to make sure that book has the biggest audience possible.
Both sides recognize this endeavor is a partnership. And that, my friends, is the very definition of well-published.
Naturally we’re fiercely proud that we were able to play a small role in this and a dozen more authors who were able to make and further these connections and find their own “well-published” solution. But we can’t take the credit, not really.
Fact is, we could put a thousand agents, editors and publishers in front of 5,000 authors, but it’s still ultimately up to YOU. You’re the one who knows your words better than anyone. You’re the one who must do the homework to research and uncover your publishing match-made-in-heaven.
Are you well-published? We love a well-published success story, whether you chose the traditional or indie author route. Tell us how you found your match with your comment below…