Can Publishing Be A DIY Project?
This is a question that I get a lot from many would-be authors. Sure, there are some authors who go through this Do-It-Yourself route and may have been successful. Like many rules, there are always successful exceptions. However, when we get professional help we can accelerate our results.
Writers that I see who are trying to undertake this DIY publishing route are really frustrated. They feel like they’re spinning their wheels and are confused about what’s next–they don’t know what kind of publisher they want, what kind of query letter they should write, where they should start, what the genre restrictions are, and more. There are a million questions these DIYers are asking without getting answers.
This is the reason why many of these would-be authors end up giving up, never publishing, and why they feel so incredibly frustrated.
When writers work in a way where they’re getting that professional support they see accelerated they’re writing more, faster, and better. We see this every single week over in the Writing Gym Membership, in the Publishing Mastermind, and more. They see everyday the results that they;re getting with the help of a professional.
A by-product of working with a professional is a competence boost. Suddenly these writers know what they do well and it’s based on actual craft requirements. They know what the publishing industry is looking for.
Writers in the Writing Gym get this professional help and all its by-products–they know what the standards are and how they measure up to these standards. This is really powerful as it affects their confidence in submitting their manuscripts to publishers, which takes a lot of courage.
I am not a car mechanic. If I’m trying to fix my own car I wouldn’t have an idea what a “good” fixed car is. I can say that my car is running and so it is good, but I would have no idea if there is a problem in the line. This is when an expert comes in handy.
I am going to give you an example. One of the Writing Gym members, Stephen, had published a book by himself before. He will tell you this himself if you ask–his book did not sell well. Yes, he worked hard on the manuscript yet it didn’t become as successful as he wanted it to be. The next time around, he was looking for professional help. He is currently a member of the Writing Gym and was looking for professional representation–an agent–for his work at this time last year.
We were talking about his query letter and his agent he was planning on querying. We could not find any information on the internet and so here’s what I did: I picked up the phone and I called that agent, because I knew her personally. We talked for an hour about Stephen, his manuscript, about what he wants to see from him. She is an agent who only works with high level publishing companies. And this is where Stephen was headed in working with this agent.
That is the power of professional help, of not DIYing. What do you want for yourself? This is ultimately the question. Do you want to stay lost and without confidence? Or do you want to make you life easier, to work with someone who can pick up the phone and make some calls for you?
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