In my previous post I mentioned that I would write about why it’s difficult to land a traditional publisher. Here is one snippet from Jerry Jenkins stating just how difficult it is. Granted, this wasn’t his point of his article; it’s actually about editing, but I wanted to share this to confirm my statement. He writes,
“Ideally, you’d rather be discovered by a traditional publisher who takes all the risks and pays you an advance against royalties and then royalties on your sales. But the odds of landing a traditional publishing contract are slim.
So you must separate yourself from the competition by ensuring your manuscript is the absolute best it can be. Yes, a traditional publisher will have its own editors and proofreaders. But to get that far, your manuscript has to be better than a thousand other submissions.”
You can check out his blog, here.
With that in mind, I decided that I might as well get it edited myself; that is, after all, his point. Make it the best you can before submitting it. With that said, I’m already putting in the work. That is one reason I’m choosing to self-publish, and one reason out of many as to why traditional publishing can be very difficult.
There’s more to come, so stay tuned. Comment below with questions, thoughts, but as always, negativity isn’t needed.