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Self-Publish to Attract a Traditional Publisher
A news story in the Eureka, CA-based Times-Standard profiled a number of local writers. One section of the article discussed self-publishing and made a point I've been stressing for years:
Self-publishing has its pros and cons, but still it's becoming more of an accepted path of breaking into the publishing world.
[David] Kindopp self-published his first book for two reasons, he said. "One, the notorious difficulty of finding a literary agent and/or a publisher. Two, the general ease of self-publishing today," he said.
Kindopp believes that self-publishing provides a big advantage in that a writer can begin to market their work immediately and "find your audience."
"Once you generate reasonable sales you can more easily get the attention of agents and publishers," he said.
Lesson: Even if you eventually want to have your book put out by a traditional publisher, doing it yourself at first is an ideal way to get there. Why go through rejection and delays, when you can get an early version of your book into the marketplace now and start building a fan base?
Once you have a track record and a success story to tell, you'll have more value to bring to an agent or publishing. And, when you get to that point, you may decide to continue self-publishing anyway. That's what I do. And it's worked out wonderfully for me!
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