Are You Truly Ready to Invest In Your Writing Career?
I want to talk to you about how you can write to publish. What I want to talk about specifically is whether or not you’re willing to do what it takes to write to publish.
We get a lot of posts on our Facebook group Write to Publish that me and my team review regularly. We take a look at what the trends are–what are the kinds of things that people are asking or wondering about–and we see a lot of people asking about how to traditionally publish the most difficult genres. By difficult I mean poetry, memoir, and picture books.
People on the group have caught on to that and so they’ll ask me frequently: “How do I publish my poetry?” “…my memoir?” “…my picture book?” and many times these people accompany it with caveats. They might want to do things like publish a hybrid–something that’s poetry and short story– or do their own illustrations for their picture book and more.
First of all, a lot of these people don’t want to follow the genre rules. And, probably one of the most popular issues people come to me with, they want to publish an already difficult-to-publish book without spending money on it. The bottom line: if you want to sell books, you’re going to have to spend money.
Why? Well, writing is a creative process and there’s a lot of joy that happens in that creative process–in creating a story and creating a novel and creating these things that inspire us. But selling a book is business. It’s a different ballgame, it’s a different animal–whatever metaphor you want to use to describe it. But that is simply the truth.
You may have heard the business phrase “If you want to make money you’ve got to spend money” and that’s as true for a book as it is if you want to open a hot dog stand or a McDonald’s franchise or whatever it is that you want to do in life. If you want to make money, you’ve got to spend money. So, the bottom line is: You’re going to need to invest if you want to sell a book.
Most people who are writing a book want to sell a book because that means that they’re reaching readers. Unless you want to give it away for free–in which case you’re going to spend a whole lot of money on books that you’re giving away for free–there’s no way to circumvent needing to spend money.
There is no magic pill or magic bullet. If you want to get your books into readers’ hands you need to invest money in that. That’s the absolute bottom line and the rules of the publishing industry are not going to bend for you.
You can certainly shoot for the moon and go for one of the top five publishing houses or send it to one of those “Publish my book for me” kinds of things that slot together something that looks like a book. And yes, there are definitely exceptions.
There are “one-hit wonder” books that we see in the industry, like Stephen King’s son and Jerry Seinfeld’s wife. But the thing is, unless you have inside connections to very successful people (such as parent celebrities, celebrity spouses, and more), that will likely not happen for you. Overnight success is only overnight success if you know the right people.
If you’re like me, an everyday Joe who just wants to be successful, to get your book into the hands of readers and into the hands of people whose lives can be changed by the message that you have to share, you need to decide. Do you want to self publish a book full of typos and beg people to buy it for $0.99 cents on Amazon? Or do you want to make a difference with your unique message that you have to share with the world and get it into the hands of readers who are longing or thirsting to hear what you have to say?
Now, if it’s the latter–if you’re serious about writing to publish I’d love to talk to you about where you are and where you want to go and how you can get there. I help writers every day to finish books and to publish well. I make a few slots available in my calendar every week to talk specifically with you.
So if you’re looking to finish, publish, and sell a novel let’s chat.