There are many publishing avenues available to writers today, each with its own set of advantages. My dream was to go the traditional route, even though I knew it would take time and that my chances of “making it” were slim.
One of the major reasons I chose the path I did is that I lack the knowledge or platform necessary to launch a book on my own. Sure, I could learn to format a digital book if I put my mind to it, but I don’t possess the marketing know-how or promotion savvy many self-published authors exhibit. I admire them, but at this stage in my career I don’t have what it takes to emulate them. Getting my book in front of readers would be a challenge.
I’d heard that traditional publishers are able to get our books in front of many potential readers, but I’m seeing firsthand how true that is.
Being a debut novelist eager to learn all I can about the process my book is going through, I periodically perform a search for my book’s title to see where it has made an appearance.
To my surprise and delight, I discovered that my publisher’s sales department got my book up for pre-order on the major booksellers sites over six months before its scheduled release date. It’s available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com.
A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California has been showing up on other sites, too, among them BiggerBooks.com, The Book Depository, eCampus.com, e textbooks now.com, Overstock.com, and The Reading Warehouse.
To my amazement, readers in other countries can buy the book as well. No, my agent hasn’t sold foreign rights. The version that’s available is the same English book that will be sold here. Even so, it’s cool to see my book for sale in other countries, including Japan (Amazon.jp), the United Kingdom (Amazon.uk), and the Netherlands (Van Stockum).
And this is only the beginning. My publisher will be getting my book on other sites, in booksellers’ catalogs, in stores, and more.
Seeing my book for sale in so many places is incredible. Due to my publisher’s efforts, millions of people around the world have the opportunity to discover and order my book. Without the sales and marketing departments doing so much work, my story would not have such a reach. I’m beyond grateful to the team at Barbour Publishing!
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Are you as amazed as I am by how many places a traditional publisher gets a book placed?
What do you see as the biggest advantages of a traditional publishing company?
Is traditional publishing your path of choice? Why or why not?