Last week I introduced you to author Monica Cane, who has become an expert of sorts in regards to self-publishing. In an effort to publish and market her own books, she has completed extensive research and learned many of the ins and outs of the self-publishing world. Today, Monica will continue her post by telling us about her most recent self-publishing experience.
January 24, 2010
January 18, 2010
A few years ago, a new author contacted me to edit her book, A Journey to Healing: Life After SIDS. Her name is Monica Cane, and she and I have become email friends ever since. Monica is a wonderful writer, who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction. She’s achieved success in the self-publishing world after investing much time in researching and navigating through the various avenues available.
Because of all the work she’s done in figuring out the ins and outs of self-publishing, I asked if she would share her knowledge with my readers, in hopes of saving them some time and effort if they ever contemplate self-publishing. So, here’s Monica…
When I completed my first manuscript a number of years ago, I knew next to nothing about publishing options. I contacted some of the big traditional publishers, assuming they would love my manuscript the way I did, and would want to publish it right away. Thanks to receiving numerous rejection letters, I discovered that having one’s manuscript reviewed and/or accepted by a traditional publisher was much harder than expected. It wasn’t a matter of the manuscript being bad, but as I learned, traditional publishers receive thousands upon thousands of manuscripts each year from first-time authors, therefore making it very difficult to break into the market.