At a recent meeting of independent writers I met a young women, who told me about an event she wanted to visit: the “path to publishing”. The highlight will be a literary agent who accepts query letters from participating aspiring writers. I asked her why she is querying to publishers. “Do you want to write for glory – to see your book for a couple of weeks in bookstores – or do you want to earn money with your writing?” I admit, a bit provocative. I explained her what she can expect as “published” author including the minimal royalty of only 8-10% what an author gets – compared to 70% (or almost 100% for sales from the authors website).
- Having an established platform and an idea how to brand yourself
- The first book has to be successful from day one! Bookstores give only a couple of weeks…
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