How a publisher selects your work: a publisher knocked before I thought about a book

book-publisher-opportunityIn writing my next book for the introvert in business, a publisher emailed me before I really thought it through.  Here is a quick flash back, which might be the start of a blog post series of changing the process from writing your book to get published, to getting published, and then writing the book.

Having solo authored four books, collaborated on two others, and being a blogger, you likely might deduce I like writing and you would be correct. This post, whether one or a series, is inspired by on of my LinkedIn blogging friends, Arleen Harry, Owner of Garrett Specialities and bloggers at their blog.

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First a look back:

There was a time a few years ago a business colleague and I teamed up to write a book, How Not to Get Nailed: Building the House of Your Dreams Headache Free. Yes, I bet we took the path like many aspiring authors.

We pounded out an outline, I wrote two or three chapters, he edited them, we created a publisher’s pitch and then we started both a mail and email campaign to publishers. Together we identified 75 of them. Toward the end of emailing and mailing we got more hopeful. Why? Because if you have spent anytime in selling you know there is a belief in the numbers game, that “yes” in on the way. But it was not to be for us.

This time around:

Being sought by a publisher, the process and resulting feeling was different. Being focused on balancing my online and in community work I am currently playing with some online affiliate marketing, a bit more local networking for low-hanging speaking engagements (paid and pro-bono) and then any networking any where for workshop training.

This new plan is humming along as I write this post. Revenue is growing.

Maybe this is anecdotal evidence that often when you take your eye off the specific end result you think you want you are free to attract it. In my case more revenue (yes for you hard core goal setters which I am no longer, I do have a revenue amount in mind) is my goal, but my intention seemingly allowing lift off, is when more and more opportunities started to head my way.

First it was a speaking gig, then a 2-day workshop, then a course proposal at one of our local colleges, then … well, you get the idea.

I am happily in the flow stream and when I get an email from a publisher.

Once we went through exchanging emails for about 4 weeks, I decided to ask them, how did you find me? I’ve been blogging about almost everything introvert since about 2007. Guest blog post requests are frequent. Invitations to speak on telesummits and radio shows regularly come my way. Other interesting bloggers land on my blog to comment. And there are always guest bloggers who want to offer their slant on something useful.

But I really asked myself is, do I want this opportunity now? I mean look at all the energy already saved by virtue they sought out me. What about putting energy into the writing?

Then, curious, how did they find me?

That was interesting and as I look at this post already going over my own word limit, please come back to find out more.

Have you written a book? Did you go to find a publisher? How did you succeed? Did a publisher find you, and how? Talk with me! I want to know.

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  1. Cheryl Therrien

    I could not be more happy for you. Congratulations! I am now working with someone to help me take my next book to a traditional publisher. Fingers crossed….
    Cheryl Therrien recently posted…My BlogHer NaBloPoMo ExperienceMy Profile

  2. That is just too cool how your publisher found you. It just goes to show books come into this world through all sorts of different avenues. First I need to finish my book, and then time will tell which path to publication it ends up taking. For now though, I’ll remind myself of how you just pointed out that it can be better to take one’s sights off the end result. Just look what can come of doing so….

  3. Patricia- I am happy that you decided to write a blog on journey to get a book published. I have always wondered how people do it. You did leave me hanging, how did they find me? So I will be back to find out all this went down. I must say you have paid your dues so that is wonderful the publisher found you. OK so how did they find you? I guess I will have to wait for Part 2. I envy people that write. I am assuming a publisher would not take you on unless they saw potential. I really don’t know how the process works, except play the numbers game until it works. Boy is that time consuming. Do they give you a time frame for completion, a subject to write about or something you have already written?
    Arleen recently posted…How Agility Training Has Helped Me Overcome Business ObstaclesMy Profile

  4. Jeannette Paladino

    Pat — congratulations! It’s great that a publisher found you, which is rate. What a nice position to be in. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and let the opportunities come to you — as you have. Workshops, writing, public speaking. But you built the foundation by building a body of work about introverts. So it wasn’t by accident that all these good things are happening for you.
    Jeannette Paladino recently posted…Keyword Tools for Blogs and Websites: Wordtracker and SEMrushMy Profile

  5. Fantastic Pat!! Am really happy for you and, since you are in the flow, there’s more to come.
    Catarina recently posted…Do you agree with Harvard about the worst mistakes leaders make?My Profile

  6. I could not be happier for you. You have worked hard on your subject and authority on your blog and that has resulted in doors opening in unexpected ways. I see this as the only beginning for you my friend.
    Susan Cooper recently posted…Paco Lola Albarino: WIneMy Profile

  7. Lorraine Reguly

    To echo everyone else, congratulations! 🙂
    Lorraine Reguly recently posted…Do you need to Get Busy Living?My Profile

  8. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)

    I am positively thrilled for you! What a gigantic slap on the g=back, atta boy…all those wonderful feel good things. Once in blue moon that can happen for a writer of fiction like me, but it is much more rare. And as to where it will lead to? Everything good!! I suspect you deserve that 🙂
    Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) recently posted…The Power of Failure… Where’s The Justice?My Profile

  9. Congratulations Pat, that’s fantastic news. The introvert in business is such a great topic and really doesn’t get the proper level of attention. I can’t wait to read it. On a similar vein, so NOT fair how you left me hanging. I can’t wait to read the next post!
    Debra Yearwood recently posted…Our PeopleMy Profile

  10. Kellie Annesley-Smith says

    Congrats Patricia – great news and I am certainly looking forward to your next post on this! Isn’t funny though how you try to manifest your butt off – hustle your way to your ‘blue in the face’ and nothing happens. Then bam! it happens when you least expect it or you have moved on – it happens. Look forward to your next post :o)

  11. I have long thought that writing a book would be something I would love to do, but never had the time with a hectic day job. Now that I am retired and have taken up blogging in earnest, I have the time. So I may just be coming back for more advice 🙂
    Michael Wosnick recently posted…The Balls Are in Your CourtMy Profile

  12. Krystyna Lagowski

    This is such useful information, Patricia. Too many of us believe that simply following our bliss can make it happen, but don’t realize there’s hard work and strategizing involved. I have a friend who got her book published much in the same way as you describe – she did a number of speaking engagements, wrote articles and columns (often for free), until a publisher’s publicist caught her lecture. Then there were two years of writing, where she had next to no social life, and now, her book is out, winning awards, being translated and possibly being optioned for a movie!
    Krystyna Lagowski recently posted…Concerto in the key of CamaroMy Profile

  13. Congratulations! There were some steps that I see you’ve taken that I’ve been considering myself so whether you thought to or not, thanks for the inspiration!

  14. How amazing to be approached by a publisher. I will be back to find out how you proceed from here.


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