So, you've written a book, had it critiqued, and you're confident it's ready. Now it's decision time!
Believe me, you'll be plagued with all sorts of questions, and you'll probably feel very alone. But you aren't, so don't you fret.
There's oodles of support groups online, and plenty of literature on the subject. What I would highly recommend though, is to talk to a few people who have already done each of the above.
The publishing world has vastly changed in the last decade. Who knew that one day we wouldn't really need an agent? Some of the biggest publishers have launched digital first lines, and an author can submit without the aid of an agent. How cool is that?
Then you have small press publishers like: Liquid Silver, Silver Publishing, Ellora's Cave, and The Wild Rose Press. Can I really get my name out there, and still be successful with a small press publisher? Some people have, and I'm pretty sure I recall seeing EC online post stating that one of their authors made a 6 figure income one year. Awesome, right? Yes, but that doesn't mean you'll make that much.
I got my first break with Secret Cravings Publishing. They're a wonderful place to start at. Emails are answered in a timely manner, the editors are honest and a pleasure to work with, and you get a say in what your cover looks like.
Most small press publishers however, are limited in what they do for marketing. In fact, unless you're super huge, so I've been told, it's pretty much the same way with the Big 5, too. No matter if you're just starting out, or a mid-list author, you still have to be on your game. Market, market, market!
Marketing should begin before you query. You want to have an online presence that's noticeable and makes people interested in wanting to know more about you. Also, keep in mind that if your intent is to be published, you must maintain a professional online presence too. Believe me, it's important, and you want to be taken seriously.
How the heck do I start marketing without actually being published?
Well here's a couple of free options:
I'll be posting some guides under the Writer Resources tab soon, on how to use the above mentioned tools. The important thing to do is to network with your fellow writers (within the same genre), chat readers from that target audience, and network with editors from publishing houses or freelance ones.
The opportunities to get your name out there are endless, so now isn't the time to be shy. We all have to start somewhere, and now is your time to shine.
Until next time, keep writing my friends!
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