Tired of waiting for traditional publishers to respond
by Tina Field Howe
(Corning, NY USA)
Snailsworth, a slow little story
Tired of waiting for traditional publishers to respond? Life is just too short!
I submitted my children's picture book - Snailsworth, a slow little story - to a traditional publisher that claimed to respond within a month. Six months later, the manuscript came back with a rejection slip.
Since I had prototyped the book and tested it with many parents and children, I knew I had a winner, so I used a local graphics company who did an outstanding job of printing it for me.
I began to sell my book at bookstores and local author events, which was a fine way to start; but I needed more exposure. It's difficult for independent writers/publishers to get their books listed with major on-line booksellers, but I remained hopeful.
Then I wrote a young adult novel - Alysa of the Fields, Book One in the Tellings of Xunar-kun - and decided from the start that I would not look for a traditional publisher. I would not wait for a traditional publisher.
It's becoming more and more difficult for new writers to find publishers to take them on or agents to represent them...unless they're a celebrity, wink-wink.
Enter BookLocker, a print on demand outfit that had all the right stuff: working one-on-one with the writer, professional printing, low cost, and book listings on all major online booksellers.
Perhaps the best thing about BookLocker is their exclusiveness: if a book's not ready to print - if it's written poorly - it is rejected. That's why BookLocker has a good reputation in the self-publishing/POD world.
In the year after I published the novel, BookLocker started offering color interior printing...so now both Snailsworth and Alysa are getting great exposure.
At first I felt odd about going to a POD, but the printing press was invented for a reason - so that anybody could publish. Just because traditional publishers have become so powerful does not mean that a writer's words should not be made available without the gatekeepers' approval.
True freedom of the press has returned, and I'm not ashamed to be using a POD. I may submit the books to traditional publishers at some point; it is always an option.
But with the availability of POD...why bother?
Authors must keep in mind, however, that they must produce the best writing they can - to entertain and inform readers, to take them on a journey that they would otherwise miss out on.
Check out "Snailsworth: a Slow Little Story," by an author who got tired of waiting.