Post by derekmurphy on Feb 2, 2017 17:27:00 GMT -5
I started self-publishing last year and things are going well, I'm earning a living with my writing, built a big email list of fans, and have an established platform.
However I'd still *like* to have some of my work traditionally published.
I'm not sure whether it would be best to pitch unpublished projects, or whether agents would be more interested in the rights for books that are already reviewing and selling well.
I assume the former but would love feedback.
*I sell about 100 books a day... I've heard 10K sales is the magic number before getting an agent's attention after self-publishing, so I'm shooting for that this year, then might start querying for new projects next year*.
YA fantasy based on myth and literature. Over 600 reviews on Amazon.
Post by Ninja Midnight on Feb 2, 2017 19:08:01 GMT -5
And I'll play the agent card:
Unless the self-pubbed work is selling like gangbusters—and I mean gangbusters—you're best querying with new unpublished work, and maybe revisiting that self-pubbed book down the road. But 100 books a day sounds pretty impressive, so if your stats are solid, it's no harm including them in a query. And honestly, if your numbers are that good across the board, there are lots of agents who are happy to work with authors like you.
But if I can ask a slightly tongue-in-cheek question: if you're making a living from your writing, are you sure you want to switch to traditional publishing?
Wow, Derek, would you maybe share some marketing tips with us?
I'm also wondering about this topic. How much do sales of a currently published book (either self or small press) impact the decision of whether or not to take on a new project queried to an agent or editor?