Did Poor Self-Pub Sales Sink My Career?


Dear Confused…

These days, self-publishing first isn’t the interest-sinker it used to be with editors. If a self-published books does really well (say, selling 30,000-40,000+ copies) then it can impress editors and spark interest. Huzzah for that, of course. But if it hasn’t sold well (which is, honestly, more often the case with self-published fiction than not) but an editor likes the book and thinks she has a bead on its market, the editor will acquire your book and just have you remove the self-published edition from the market. So no, self-publishing with less than stellar results wasn’t shooting yourself in the foot. Your friend is right: Submit.

Happy writing!
The Editor

1 Comment

  1. The publishing world can be scary and seems to naturally introduce doubts. I’m currently preparing the material I need to send in with my submission of my first manuscript. It’s taking quite a long time and whilst doing it, two of my other pieces have been unsuccessful in a competition I entered, which has caused me to doubt my manuscript.

    Great advice by The Editor though, as always. I wish you the best of luck with your writing and career moving foward.

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