Answers To Your Questions About Publishing a Book

  1. No, I don’t want to write your fabulous book idea for you and share the royalties. If you had any idea how much work goes into writing a book, you would be embarrassed to ask.
  2. No, I don’t think your book idea is a surefire bestseller. Everybody thinks their book will be a bestseller. That’s why we bother.
  3. I got my books published by building a career over the course of decades, studying my craft, connecting with other writers and editors, spending countless hours hunched over my computer. The magic book-publishing fairy has not yet visited my house.
  4. Selling a nonfiction book to a traditional publisher requires a proposal. Selling a novel requires a completed manuscript. Nobody wants your great idea until you prove you can write it.
  5. Entire books have been written about finding an agent, writing a proposal, and getting published. I can’t explain the process in a conversation. Well, I could try, but I don’t want to.
  6. No, I can’t help you get published. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling a book to a traditional publisher, then look into self-publishing.
  7. No I can’t tell you the best way to self publish. That’s your research project.
  8. Yes, I can read your manuscript and critique it.
  9. No I won’t do it for free. Unless you are family or a close friend, in which case, I might decline so you don’t end up pissed off at me.
  10. Because I probably won’t say what you want to hear.
  11. No, I wouldn’t quit my job if I were you.

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