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How a publisher selects your work: a publisher
knocked before I thought about a book
Pat ricia Weber
In writing my next book f or the introvert in business, a publisher emailed me bef ore I
really thought it through. Here is a quick f lash back, which might be the start of a blog
post series of changing the process f rom writing your book to get published, to getting
published, and then writing the book.
Having solo authored f our books, collaborated on two others, and being a blogger, you
likely might deduce I like writing and you would be correct. This post, whether one or a
series, is inspired by on of my LinkedIn blogging f riends, Arleen Harry, Owner of Garrett
Specialities and bloggers at their blog. http://www.garrettspecialties.com/blog/
View Arleen’s prof ile
First a look back:
There was a time a f ew years ago a business colleague and I teamed up to write a book,
How Not to Get Nailed: Building the House of Your Dreams Headache Free. Yes, I bet we
took the path like many aspiring authors.
We pounded out an outline, I wrote two or three chapters, he edited them, we created a
publisher’s pitch and then we started both a mail and email campaign to publishers.
Together we identif ied 75 of them. Toward the end of emailing and mailing we got more
hopef ul. Why? Because if you have spent anytime in selling you know there is a belief in
the numbers game, that “yes” in on the way. But it was not to be f or us.
This time around:
Being sought by a publisher, the process and resulting f eeling was dif f erent. Being
f ocused on balancing my online and in community work I am currently playing with some
online af f iliate marketing, a bit more local networking f or low-hanging speaking
engagements (paid and pro-bono) and then any networking any where f or workshop
This new plan is humming along as I write this post. Revenue is growing.
Maybe this is anecdotal evidence that of ten when you take your eye of f the specif ic end
result you think you want you are f ree to attract it. In my case more revenue (yes for you
hard core goal setters which I am no longer, I do have a revenue amount in mind) is my
goal, but my intention seemingly allowing lif t of f , is when more and more opportunities
started to head my way.
First it was a speaking gig, then a 2-day workshop, then a course proposal at one of our
local colleges, then … well, you get the idea.
I am happily in the f low stream and when I get an email f rom a publisher.
Once we went through exchanging emails f or about 4 weeks, I decided to ask them, how
did you f ind me? I’ve been blogging about almost everything introvert since about 2007.
Guest blog post requests are f requent. Invitations to speak on telesummits and radio
shows regularly come my way. Other interesting bloggers land on my blog to comment.
And there are always guest bloggers who want to of f er their slant on something usef ul.
But I really asked myself is, do I want this opportunity now? I mean look at all the energy
already saved by virtue they sought out me. What about putting energy into the writing?
Then, curious, how did they f ind me?
That was interesting and as I look at this post already going over my own word limit,
please come back to f ind out more.
Have you written a book? Did you go to find a publisher? How did you
succeed? Did a publisher find you, and how? Talk with me! I want to