I just launched BOOK DEAL SECRETS: How to Succeed With New York Publishers, An Insider's Guide For Authors. I'm so excited about this release! Having had two book deals, I know it's going to be an invaluable resource for any writer, whether you want to go traditional, self-publish - or can't decide!
Here' a sneak peek at the Introduction ...
If you're reading this book, you belong to a special club. You want to be a published author.
It's not a small club. According to the New York Times, 81% of Americans want to write a book. Only 1% actually get published, and an even smaller number of writers work with one of the so-called 'Big 5' houses: Simon & Schuster, MacMillan, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group.
I was one of those lucky few. I've had book deals with two of the biggest publishers on the planet. I've gone on book tours, sold my film rights, and been interviewed on radio, TV and in print. I've also worked with some of the most successful agents and editors in the business, including those responsible for hits like Sex and the City, The Nanny Diaries, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
A lot of people think that's pretty cool. But 'getting published' was all I ever focused on. I never saw beyond that goal. I thought all - or at least most - of my problems would go away when I got a book deal. But there was just as much hard work waiting for me after I signed that contract as there was writing the book in the first place.
Unfortunately, editors, agents and their assistants don't have time to walk you through every step of the complicated process of turning your manuscript into a book. Getting published is a long, complex process full of surprising responsibilities for new authors, and nobody hands you a how-to guide after you sign the deal. Maybe that's why only 50% of us go on to write a second book.
More than likely, however, these unlucky authors didn't have a choice. Because if your first book fails, you'll become 'tainted' - as my last agent called it - and most publishers will be leery to take a chance on you again. This is why it's so important to make your first book succeed.
That's where BOOK DEAL SECRETS comes in. It's the quintessential 'guidebook' to the publishing business, as seen through the eyes of an author who's been through the process twice. It's the book I wish I could've read before I signed my first contract. After you finish it, you'll be prepared for every step of working with a publishing house - big or small - and you'll know how to avoid the mistakes I made.
Almost as important, BOOK DEAL SECRETS will help you decide whether or not you want to work with a publisher in the first place. Because when other authors learn I've been traditionally published, the one thing I hear most often is that they're on the fence.
Should they pursue a traditional book deal, query an agent, try to find a publisher?
Or should they self-publish instead?
I understand their confusion. The ease of self-publishing has changed the literary landscape more than any other invention since the printing press. I'm self-publishing titles myself now, officially becoming a 'hybrid author.' Ironically, however, this new technology has actually made things more confusing for writers, because for the first time in history, we have a legitimate option for releasing our books.
One way or another, if you're serious about getting published, you have to make the most of every opportunity you have. Remember, we only hear about the success stories. How J.K. Rowling was rejected by nine publishing houses before hitting it big. How Stephen King tossed Carrie in the trash before his wife fished it out, helping it become his first bestseller. Or recently, how Paula Hawkins rocked the world when an idea occurred to her while commuting to work. Before long, The Girl on the Train was one of the bestselling novels of recent years - not to mention a hit movie.
These success stories are rare, but they're also true. Every year, somebody, somewhere, writes a book that the world loves so much, it changes the author's life forever. Book tours, talk shows, movie deals, financial success, bestseller lists, the whole fantasy we all dream about.
"BOOK DEAL SECRETS is a goldmine of information regarding the joys and pitfalls of traditional publishing. Ms. McInnis gives the reader rare insights into navigating this often challenging industry. A must for those considering looking for, and working with, a publisher."
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Good luck! And Happy Writing!