The Great Lie: “We Are Your Doorway to Traditional Publishing”
The biggest voice from the vanity press – self-publishing crowd is Author House/Author Solutions. It’s not uncommon for it or its reps to imply that when you sign with them you will get an inside track to traditional acquisitions editors. One of their classics is: “We are your doorway to traditional publishing.”
Sounds good, but the odds are better at winning the lottery. As of this writing, the Author Solutions’ website boasts of a “complete” list of authors who have made the leap—less than 40 titles! Let’s do the math: Author Solutions claims to have helped authors publish 225,000 books. A lot of books, but when you crunch the numbers, it means a .015 percent success rate. If you really want to be published with a traditional publishing house, then hone up your query writing skills and get an agent to pitch you and your book directly.
TIP: Self and independently published books are picked up by traditional publishers. If you book is selling well, or if it just happens to “fill a niche” a publisher is looking for, then you just might have a deal come your way. And if it does, take a bow. It will be due to your competent and savvy marketing, not those of the “self-publishing” company.
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