Patricia weber, the decision to_publish_a_book_when_a_publisher_finds_a_writer
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The decision to publish a book: when a publisher
finds a writer
Pat ricia Weber
It is encouraging f or me to continue to be ahead with
my delivery of chapters and book images f or the
publisher. Thank you all f ollowing this adventure f or the
continued questions about the publishing process.
One question I am of ten asked is, “Why didn’t you
self -publish?” Being a personal answer this is likely to
be dif f erent than every author.
In 1998 I self -published my f irst book Sales Skills f or
an Unf air Advantage: 104 Sales Tips f or People in a
Hurry. This was bef ore technology was into on demand
printing and there were minimum orders to give the publisher. There were a handf ul of
National Speakers Association speakers, including me, intrigued by a publisher’s way of
packing a book in a pocket-sized f ormat. The idea of The Short Attention Span Library
books was to give the most vital inf ormation in a small amount of space.
There were book signings set up and either books to sell to books to give away f or
marketing in public speaking engagements.
It served its intended purpose f or many years. It secured me speaking and training gigs
and there was always a gif t or two f or super workshop participants.
Then when my curiosity started about online inf ormation products, I started with
eBooks, moved them to Kindle, and am delighted that I did.
Do you see the array of books in the f ooter below? These are my books either on Kindle
or available in PDF f ormat.
It was time to step up my personal game. If someone is knocking then open the door. I
listened to the proposal, including more, and the collaboration sounded mutually
Now I am working to write f or a scheduled release of February 2014.
Another question asked is, “Can a publisher f ind you even though you have not
written a book bef ore?”
If my situation can be an example then answer is yes. When I asked the publisher how
they f ound me, there was no mention of either my self -published book f rom years ago or
any of my f ive Kindle books as a reason.
The commissioning editor’s answer was is two parts; the f irst one is my interpretation
of events that lead them on the search. The publisher launches out in a new direction
with a new division. This tells me that when a publisher is ready to expand or go in new
directions, they are talent scouting. Looking f or authors. It is a matter of timing f or the
What he specif ically clarif ied f or me was, “… I f ound your website via a Google search
f or experts on coaching introverts; of those I f ound your advice looked the most
practical and well written.” In other words, there was a match f or their needs in what he
could discern f rom my writing, f or him to move into a conversation with me to see if
there was interest in their proposed title.
Are you given a topic? The invitation email I received talked about the business book
publisher’s pref erence f or “practical and f ocused books.” It sounded eerily like me!
Af ter a f urther description, I saw they requested a specif ic topic. One I f elt qualif ied do
write about this skill but not necessarily to stay motivated with it f or 180 pages in length.
That’s when I used the Internet to poll my tribe to see if my instincts were correct. They
If you are interested in f ollowing this publishing journey, here’s what’s up next Friday:
How many pages will your book be?
Are you locked into this publisher now?
Are there guidelines?
Have you either self-published or worked with a publisher?
How is your experience similar or different?
Do you have questions about this experience?
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