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Patricia Weber, How a publisher_might_select_your_work_how_do_you_get_found


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A continuing series of how a blogger is found by a publisher and then goes into contract to write a book, Communication Toolkit for Introverts: Essential Skills for Everyday Business Situations.

A continuing series of how a blogger is found by a publisher and then goes into contract to write a book, Communication Toolkit for Introverts: Essential Skills for Everyday Business Situations.

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  • 1. pat ricia-we be m m/get-fo und-by-a-publisher/ How a publisher might select your work: how do you get found? Pat ricia Weber Being ahead of schedule in my book writing, at least so f ar, does loosen up the creativity f or subsequent chapters. If you are just tuning in to this either short or long series of a book publishing experience, you can catch up if you like at How a publisher selects your work: a publisher knocked bef ore I thought about a book There are a f ew questions in my mind, as well as a f ew f rom some of you. There are also questions that come up regularly as I work with the publisher. Here are some questions in no particular order: How does a publisher f ind you? Are you ready f or the opportunity? Is there a f it? Can you work with the time f rame to complete the book? Are you given a topic? What if you cannot be credible about or lack interest in the topic? Does a publisher want something you have already written? I’ll be answering these, and more if you have f urther questions. To get started, How does a publisher f ind you?
  • 2. If you’re an aspiring author then this might be something you ask. Even if you are not interested in getting a book published you might have interest in how books that you buy, end up at the bookstores and even on Kindle. You might be writing your book now. If you are, you know the work does not end with the writing. Even with all those hours of being in your head, taking your creative ideas and getting them on paper, that is just the beginning. Someone has to edit your work. You’ll edit it f irst of course. But then someone else has to look at it. There are spelling and grammar rules that you just might be too close to. There are parts of your writing that may be perf ectly clear to you but not to anyone else. Plus a dif f erent set of eyes will scour out anything that is written poorly. If you didn’t decide upf ront, bef ore writing, then af ter the editing is when to decide to either self -publish or f ind a publisher, of ten with the help of an agent. That brings in a proposal, both one that sells your idea and gives enough detail f or the publisher to know, it is a f it f or their goals and audience. Eventually is the marketing of your book. Another major task that some publishers do some, all or nothing with. That could mean that you are also the marketer. One of my longer-term online f riends, Jeannette Paladino, View Jeannette’s prof ile commented to me that it is rare that a publisher f inds you. She reminded me my opportunity was not by accident. I think she’s right! I’ve been blogging f or years. In particular about almost everything introvert. I’ve authored several books; two in print, others on Kindle and still others as eBook PDFs. The reason I accept any invitation f or a podcast, radio show interview, guest blogging, and even a f ew local pro-bono speaking engagements is to broaden my reach. All of these actions build on experience, credibility and authority. How a publisher f inds you is more all about timing than anything else though. In my case two timelines merged: The publisher was at the beginning of a new genre f or their titles. Their team scoured the Internet f or writing that looked and sounded like a f it f or their style. They came across me, and more importantly my blog. It seemed there was a f it f or what they wanted to do f or introverts. How do you know there is a f it?
  • 3. What I was originally asked to write I know I am qualif ied to do, but even with some research and help f rom others in my f ield, it was impossible f or me to say yes conf idently. My f irst proposal back, was to ask if I could suggest another topic title. One that would reach a broader appeal af ter I did a little research with my tribe. The publisher’s editor liked it. And f rom there we went to uncovering more details bef ore proposal stage. Because the publisher emailed me a sample proposal, I knew the amount of time and energy needed to create a proposal they would buy. So we bandied emails back and f orth f or a couple of weeks to f lush the details out. Then we went back to talk about the money. Have you written a book? Why? Did you go to find a publisher? How did you succeed? Did a publisher find you, and how? Talk with me! I want to know.