A Saturday morning pep talk for those who keep writing, yet wonder how they will ever attract an agent and publisher in today’s cash-strapped publishing economy. Remember the dichotomy of getting a job: You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job.
Publishing is the same – Publishers do not want to financially invest in your book unless they are able to see profit potential. If you are a first-time/unknown author, your book has to be extraordinary, or at least the right book, for that publisher, at that time, via the right agent.
With over 58 percent of all books in print now self-published, according to Bowker, Inc., remember that you can release your writing, with self-publishing, despite the following HUMOR from Garrison Keillor on the subject. This is HUMOR, remember?
“…18 million authors in America, each with an average of 14 readers, eight of whom are blood relatives. Average annual earnings: $1.75.
The upside of self-publishing is that you can write whatever you wish, utter freedom, and that also is the downside. You can write whatever you wish and everyone in the world can exercise their right to read the first three sentences and delete the rest.”
— Garrison Keillor
So keep writing, attending workshops, and building your platform, and you will thrive as a successful author.