Switching between self-publishing and traditional
How to make the switch from one type of publishing to the other
Writing careers are fluid. We might start by self-publishing, pick up a digital-only deal, land a six-figure traditional deal and then ghost-write a series for an app. Writers don’t need to pick just one path to publication. So, how do you make the switch from one to the other?
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How to approach agents as an indie author
Self-publishing and want to give traditional publishing a whirl? Most agents are more than happy to hear from indie authors. Although there are a couple of rules of thumb to keep in mind when you’re querying.
- Have you sold upwards of 10,000 copies of your self-published books? If so, this might be something an agent wants to know. Publishers seem to love picking up indie authors with books that come with a ready-made audience – just look at authors like E. L. James or Kerry Wilkinson.
- Are your sales less than 10,000? An agent needs to know if the title you are sending them is currently published and available elsewhere, but they don’t necessarily need to know your sales figures if they’re considered ‘low’. A short note in your cover letter saying ‘this book is currently available via KDP on Amazon and I retain all rights’ should tell them everything they need to know. If they’re interested in taking you on as a client, they will be able to advise on what to do with the title before sending to traditional publishers.
- Submitting a brand-new, unpublished book? If you’re not a big-selling indie author, there’s no need to mention your previous self-published work in your initial submission. Write your query letter in the same way you would usually.
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