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Self-Publishing to Traditional
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:54:09 PM »
I feel this will be a dumb question, but I have to ask: Can you traditionally publish what you already self-published?
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Re: Self-Publishing to Traditional
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2015, 02:29:34 PM »
Yes, you can. My friend Mary Wood had her previously self-published novel, Time Passes Time, published by Pan Macmillan after an agent read the book on her Kindle. Mary ended up with a seven book contract from it.
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Re: Self-Publishing to Traditional
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2015, 05:02:22 AM »
50 Shades of Grey was originally self-published. It's a growing trend nowadays.
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Re: Self-Publishing to Traditional
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2015, 02:43:01 PM »
50 Shades of Grey was originally self-published. It's a growing trend nowadays.

Somehow that fact scares me.
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Re: Self-Publishing to Traditional
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2015, 02:53:23 AM »
And of course there's Hugh Howey's "Wool" series.

My agent also has a bestselling author whose first books were self-published and then picked up traditional. Almost every example of this I've heard of -- and there aren't that many, though I agree it's a growing trend -- the books were excellent and/or had sold in the tens of thousands or higher.
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Re: Self-Publishing to Traditional
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2015, 08:40:37 AM »
I've heard of several books that have gone this route, Noizy.

The additional component, though, is sales. I can't remember the book. I'd have to dig through hundreds of books to find it, provided I didn't let someone borrow it. Anyway, I specifically remember him saying that the one way he was able to get a traditional publisher was that he had sold so many of his self-published books. He would load of the trunk of his car and hit the road.

So in addition to having a high quality book, I think sales are also important to securing a deal.

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Re: Self-Publishing to Traditional
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2015, 03:50:06 PM »
So how do I start? I have my feet in self-publishing. How do I make the transition?
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Re: Self-Publishing to Traditional
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2015, 03:55:12 PM »
I would start by reading a book entitled Platform by Michael Hyatt. He used to work for Thomas Nelson publishing. It is packed with information that can help you get started getting noticed.  :)

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Re: Self-Publishing to Traditional
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2015, 03:31:30 PM »
I would start by reading a book entitled Platform by Michael Hyatt. He used to work for Thomas Nelson publishing. It is packed with information that can help you get started getting noticed.  :)

Thank you for the suggestion.
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