Writer’s Digest just agreed to publish my fifth article in their magazine, which reaches about 70,000 subscribers across the country.
My new article will appear in the March/April 2023 issue within the regular IndieLab column that follows trends in the self-publishing business. This piece focuses on 10 tips I’ve learned while transitioning from self-publishing The Black Lens to traditionally publishing my new novel with senior agent Paula Munier from Talcott Notch Literary. Here’s a brief summary:
Some self-published authors assume that if they ever sign with a literary agent, they’ll secure a traditional book deal a few weeks later. While that happens to some lucky writers, it can take months—or even years—for an agent to find that perfect publisher and home for your book. This article will follow one author’s journey transitioning from the world of self-publishing to traditional publishing and everything he has learned along the way. Based on both his own experience and surprising insights from other agented authors on submission with their debut novels, the column will cover best practices for those undergoing (or considering) that same transition. It will help you learn how to focus all energy on the next book, how to stop refreshing that inbox for updates, and how to keep hope alive along the journey—no matter how long it takes.
Writer’s Digest published my first article in 2019 about how to craft the perfect media pitch, my second article in 2020 about how to create successful book media kits, my third article in the 100th anniversary edition of their magazine about how to research like a reporter, and my fourth article in 2022 about three simple strategies for marketing your book.
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