The only thing I’ve come away from submitting to the Big 5 publishing world is this: Don’t do it.
You have more options available to you, then just being traditionally published. And unless you absolutely have the connections, the talent, the skill, the inside track–to publishing–you’re better off saving yourself a load of grief and frustrations when the industry begins to reject you cold. (For any reason.)
And most people who try to submit think they have the perfect pitch for either agent or publisher–only to get a rejection letter in the mail a week or two later saying: “It’s not the right fit for us.”
And you won’t know why they rejected you either. You can’t just simply write back and ask, because in this business both agent and publisher are deluged by thousands of submissions per week–every month.
So unless you want to spend months or even years getting rejected, it’s best if you set yourself a goal of rejections and then move on the road of indie publishing.
Others who have been rejected, they don’t take rejection all that well. I’ve been rejected 681 times over a ten year period–every one of the rejections either saying, “It’s not the right fit for us” or “we don’t take fiction”.
And this was in the early days before e-books took off or Kindle for that matter–round about five years minimum.
But the point is, the industry didn’t want my novels. So I moved on. I started turning my focus and energies on self-publishing and then indie publishing and working off that. It’s a time-consuming process not for the faint of heart.
In most respects, it’s just as difficult to do as being traditionally published.
Both have their good and bad points, so it’s all what you want to do, but don’t be so eager to jump into the laps of the mainstream unless you know what you’re going to get yourself into.
There’s so many writers here that believe that trad publishing is the road towards fame and fortune and nothing will sway them on that front–sad to say.
It took me 20 some odd years to figure out that’s not even close to the truth. Being published–either trad or indie–is more about luck than skill or talent.
And in the digital age of publishing and technology, there are some hurdles that you won’t be able to overcome no matter how well your book is.
Last week, I came across a video from a highly respected agent on Facebook that illustrated how difficult it is to make it in a world where people are more glued to their phones than in books.
And because of this ongoing trend, the publishing world has been suffering low sales as a result. There’s not many books because sold because people are glued to their phones. And if you think that’s bad, it’s also the same for indie publishing as well.
I’m pretty sure at some point, there will be a way to read books on phones, but for now, that’s not in the cards.
So you also have to think about how you’re going to be able to make a sale in this kind of environment–just as online shopping was all the rage, so to is iPhone technology.
There’s a lot of things you have to take into account as a writer and author. You have a lot of potential sales, but you also have a lot of obstacles and barriers to being published as well.
So keep that in mind when you pursue your publishing dreams.