I’ve had a pretty good summer as far as book deals go. In the last week I wrapped up three exciting deals that I’ll tell you about when the contracts are signed.
Lots of good stuff happening, and to top it off, I’m sitting on a couple of manuscripts that I’m absolutely over-the-moon about and will be submitting to publishers in the next few days. Can’t wait to share the details!
My point is, even though the economy has been making a lot of people miserable for quite awhile now, business is still being done and publishing continues. Yes, it’s changing, but that’s true of our world at large, not just publishing. Yes, times have been rough, but we’re weathering it.
The one thing I can say about each and every client who’s selling books right now is this: They’ve been working at their writing and learning the business of publishing for a long time. They’ve been doing everything we always talk about on this blog, from working on the craft of writing, to being patient, to building an author platform. Two deals I negotiatiated in the last week were for debut authors. In one week I got to tell two people, “Your dream is going to come true–you are about to be published!” Both of those authors have been working towards this wonderful day for years. There is no such thing as overnight success.
Don’t be discouraged! Do the things you’re learning. Keep writing. Keep reading. Keep learning about marketing. Read books, read blogs, go to conferences, meet people. Persevere.
Because here’s the thing: It truly can pay off.