Top Book Publishing Myths Exposed

publishing myths

Top Book Publishing Myths Exposed Stigmas are hard to break. Traditionally, major publishing houses were considered the only way that an author could get their book out in front of an audience. Over the past two decades, self-publishing has exploded and is quickly becoming a viable way for talented authors to find an audience without […]

Should You Ever Pay for Your Book’s Publication?

I’ve had my mind on a million things and wasn’t able to get to my blogsletter (I still don’t know what to call these Substack posts 😅), but I thought I’d make it up to you by chatting a little bit about whether or not you are expected—at any point—to pay for publication. First, a […]

How Much Does Platform Matter for First-Time Authors?

Here’s the short answer: it depends. I know, I don’t like that answer any more than you do, but it’s true. It ultimately depends on what your goals are and what your overall vision is. If you’re okay with going with a small press, self-publishing, or even hybrid, the size of your platform won’t be […]

Hybrid Publishing: Self-Publishing: What It Is, How It Works, & What It Takes

This is probably the newest route to publication; it’s essentially a “pay-to-publish” blend of the two options already discussed: traditional and self. The idea is that you get the structure and guidance of a literary team (as you would with traditional), combined with creative freedom and flexibility (as you would get with self) if you […]

Self-Publishing: What It Is, How It Works, & What It Takes

This is probably the most accessible route to publication. Instead of publishers, it will be you paying for your book’s publication. In return, you keep 100% of the rights to your materials, reap majority of the royalties (at least 80%), and have a lot more creative freedom. Normally, a publisher would be the one to […]

Traditional Publishing: What It Is, How It Works, & What It Takes

This is the most competitive but prestigious route. Publishers pay out of their own pockets for your book’s publication because they see it as a worthy investment; in return, they will request the rights to your work in exchange for (at most) 10 percent of the royalties. What makes it competitive is that there aren’t […]

How to Get Traditionally Published as a Brand New Author in 2024

1. “Inspect” Your Book Idea I can’t tell you how to get a book idea, but I can tell you what to do after you’ve gotten one. You’ll want to analyze your idea from a few different angles to make sure it’s worth the work and energy you’ll be putting into it. The last thing […]

What Are “Seasons” in Book Publishing and How Do They Work?

What are they? Seasons are a publisher’s schedule. They influence editorial calendars. Many traditional presses have them and they often indicate how busy or slow the book business is. Fall is often the busiest season because that is typically when larger, more notable titles are released; the latter end summer, by contrast, is much quieter […]

How to Network with Book Industry Professionals as an Aspiring Author

Publishing is known for being a pretty difficult industry to break into, especially if you have no background (academic or professional) in the business. Believe me, I’m someone with a heavy background in education who only pivoted toward the book space within the last few years. The first question you need to ask yourself is […]

Where to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book

Publishing is known for being exclusive. It’s all about who you know and, just as importantly, who they know. Getting any kind of representation for both yourself (as an author) and your work can take years, and knowing exactly where to look is going to make that work more efficient and effective. What is the […]

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