Advice to First-Time Authors

As the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson, I receive a lot of email from would-be authors who are trying to get published. Because I make my email address public, it’s pretty easy to get to me.

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However, by the time I hear from people, they are usually frustrated. They can’t get anyone in the book publishing world to respond, and they are convinced that they have a killer-idea. “If only someone would just read my manuscript,” they plead.The problem is that most publishers will not review unsolicited proposals or manuscripts. When I worked at Thomas Nelson, I personally received hundreds of proposals each year; my staff received thousands. Publishers simply don’t have the resources to review these. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.

So as an author, what do you do? Here’s what I recommend:

  1. Educate yourself. If you want to publish with a general market publisher, read 2012 Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer. If you want to write for the Christian Market, read The Christian Writers’ Market Guide 2012 by Jerry Jenkins. Both books include writer’s guidelines and submission procedures for publishing houses. These books will give you a good overview of the literary marketplace.
  2. Follow publishing blogs. You can get some incredibly helpful advice and straight-talk from people who work in the industry. I recommend you start with these four:

    There are other blogs, but I have found these to be the most useful.

  3. Write a killer book proposal. If you want to write (or have written) a book, I recommend you read one of my e-Books, Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal or Writing a Winning Fiction Book Proposal. These eBooks will tell you exactly what publishers want in a proposal. They are used by numerous literary agents and publishers alike.
  4. Have someone review your proposal. If you have a friend who teaches English or is a professional editor, ask them to review your proposal. You might even barter something with them. In addition, the Editorial Services section of 2012 Writer’s Market, lists over 500 entries, many of which provide some kind of critique service.
  5. Find a literary agent to represent you. This is usually the only way to get in the door with a publishing company. Most publishers do not accept unsolicited proposals or manuscripts. Instead, publishers let the literary agents do the filtering. If you want a list of general market agents, you can buy 2012 Guide to Literary Agents. I have also compiled a list of agents who represent Christian authors. This is the only list of Christian agents I have been able to find. (This list does not constitute an endorsement, nor do I recommend specific agents.)
  6. Consider self-publishing. It’s not right for everyone, but it no longer has the stigma it once had. It can be a legitimate—and strategically smart—decision for some authors. It all depends on your goals, your circumstances, and your resources. I wrote a post about this when Thomas Nelson launched WestBow Press, its self-publishing division.

Finally, don’t lose heart. This is probably the most important thing I can say to you. Yes, you will be rejected. I had over 29 publishers reject my first book proposal. However, it went on to be a New York Times bestseller. I know scores of authors with similar stories.

Like many things in life, nothing worthwhile comes easily. But if you have a great idea and are persistent, you will eventually succeed.

By the way, I have just published by new audio course, Everything You Need to Know to Get Published. It consists of twenty-one audio sessions on every aspect of publishing. It is literally everything I have learned about publishing in thirty years. It is a great “next step” in your publishing journey.

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  • Michele Kenny

    The problem with parents today is They feel good if they sit and read a book,or two, or three to their child.Well I guess thats not all bad, but I want parents to do more! The stories I have written will help parents to do more with the story they have just read to their child. I t will help them learn, interact,build their imagenation and gain interests of their child. Parents today need to get on the floor and and join in the fun with their child and it all STARTS with a story!

    • http://booksite.rcetc.com Reid A. Ashbaucher

      So what you’re telling me is the five plus years my wife spent lying in bed with my very young children reading Bible stories was not effective because she did not get on the floor and play with them and act out the stories. I believe the acting out the stories is called real life as we, the parents, demonstrate the word of God in everyday living. Thus, fulfilling the Scriptures which state: “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6; NASB) Oh, I forgot to mention that my children are all in the Lord and grown now, and have completed college and very much interested in the Lord and his church. Thanks, but I believe living out the word in obedience is a much better teacher then reading it to them, no matter how original you get. I do understand the need for good children’s literature, but your comments came across a little negative, thus a little perspective from a parent that’s been there. Thanks for listening.

  • Dawn

    I really appreciate this invaluable information.  Thanks for sharing it.

  • http://www.apuritanatheart.com/ Deejay

    I am looking for people to give honest reviews on my book at amazon. I guess I could ask friends for a free copy of the book.  Most genre’s one can go to somewhere like Fiverr for a paid review but the Christian genre is a little different that way.

    Great tips. I agree with the person who said the self-publishing market is changing drastically.  It’s where a lot of the money is being made online currently with the advent of E-Readers.

  • Hadassahlouis

    thanks. its helpful not to give up even when rejected

  • Juliet M

    Thank you for your article and advise. I should have found it 5 years ago.

     It quite’s hard to break through as an new author but even harder if you have to do it from Nairobi, Kenya and for christian children picture books. I have often searched the internet for a sincere editor or literary agent but no success so far.

     I will look to working through the Christian manuscript submission. I would however welcome guidance on my situation 1)located in Nairobi 2)Christian picture book

  • Dave’s Days

    I have a 75000
    word edited manuscript about my 10-year experience as a father of twins making
    life style choices to maximize a positive outcome for my children and my
    parenting experience.   The book
    addresses philosophy of making fatherhood a top life stage priority.   I am seeking suggestions on the best way to
    bring this to market with the greatest exposure, market penetration, delivery
    to those in need and retention of sales proceeds.   I have experienced difficulties of finding an agent through
    other authors.   I sincerely appreciate
    any thoughts or guidance you may have to share

    • dave

      testing reply function–Dave

  • CreatiVentures Publishing

    Well. if you ask me what advice i have for first time writers, definitely i do have something to say. Infact, a lot to say.
    I self-published my first book as i did not get a chance from the traditional publishers.
    So i started my own publishing firm. Today, it serves as a platform to encourage every first time writer who want to ignite his/her imagination and creativity.
    You may visit our website for more details.
    http://www.creativentures.in 
    http://www.creativenturespublishing.blogspot.com
    Trust me it is my own story. 
    Thus, today i am published author and helping lot more to make their publishing dreams a reality.
    Joji Valli

  • http://www.ofwnurse.net/ ofwnurse

    I had always wanted to write a book. Becoming an author is one of my long time dream.  At the age of 24, I think I still have all the time to become one…Thanks for your advice Mr. Hyatt =)

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  • Dannoman88

    I’ve just written my first book.  I decided to self publish.  Promotion is another stumbling block.  I have a blog, I use social media, I’ve started posting on blogs.  What are some other ways to get the word out?  My book is a good read and based on a true story about my own childhood as the victim in a cult.  You can learn more  about A Train Called Forgiveness at http://www.danerickson.net  

  • http://toships.com/ toships

    The first requirement for first time authors according to me is to keep readers interested in what you are saying.

  • samra aziz

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  • Verastan

    If you need to wipe your nose ,read HOW TO WIPE YOUR NOSE 2013 ,its a great read and will earn me money!

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  • Ggroberts

    I have written a book in Power point.  I chose  this format because the book  is meant to be a workbook or recipe book if you will for exhausted mothers to lead their children to Christ.  It is meant to have tabs for easy access to specific sections.  What format should I put it into for consideration for publishing

    • http://booksite.rcetc.com Reid A. Ashbaucher

      Save it as a PDF file format.  If your program will not do this for you, then down load the free OpenOffice.org program and open your power point with it, then save it in PDF. Hope this was helpful.

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  • http://www.clickssl.com/ Cheap SSL

    Once again you make it so easy to understand. Thanks for this creditable information, I really appreciate your work. I have just started to write technical content. And this information will really help me a lot.

  • Megladams82

    I love this article, and I just bought your ebook for fiction authors.  However, is there a different or more specifice format to write a proposal for illustrated childrens’ books?  My husband and I wrote one recently and would love to see it published.  Let me know your thoughts. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, I have no expertise when it comes to children’s books. Sorry.

  • barbchris

    Micheal,
    I have written a very important book.  This is not ego, nearly
    every single concept came to me in the middle of the night or just
    poured out of me for hours on end.  It simply did come from God, of this I am sure.  Maybe you hear this all of the time, but I know this to be
    true.  I spoke to Westbow and was sold very hard.  I was assured that
    your advice to new authors was to self-publish.  They quoted
    you.  I was lead to understand that since Thomas Nelson has the right of
    first refusal on any book, someone from TN would read my book before it
    was published.  Over the months I’ve dealt with them, I realized nearly
    every promise I was sold was untrue.  I have tried to cancel, they assured
    me I could with a fee, but have met with difficulty.  I will continue
    to try.  I then bought your e-book and have written a proposal.   Why is  “your” advice  as quoted to me by Westbow simply not, well,
    your advice?  Since I already know what I am to do with the proceeds, I
    have not written this as a means to become wealthy, my actual goal is
    simply to get this model (it is a model which shows how we come to
    personally know God) into as many hands as possible.  I am not pastor
    of a large church, I am a doctor.  It appears you would suggest an
    agent.  I regret the time I wasted with Westbow.  Of course, to
    self-publish(or to have TN read the manuscript, as I was sold) I have
    finished the book, yet you suggest never to do that, but to engage in a
    working relationship with a editor and a publisher.  Are you
    aware that Westbow is “quoting” you and misrepresenting Westbow as a
    means to have a TN publisher read a manuscript?  If not, I thought I
    should bring this to your attention.  I wouldn’t want to be misquoted.  
    Any real advice would be a blessing and greatly appreciated. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I have forwarded your message to my friends at WestBow.

      While I think self-publishing is a viable option for new authors, it is not the only option. In fact, I have written a post on this here: Should You Consider Self-Publishing. The bottom line is that it depends on your circumstances and your goals.
      If you want to pursue traditional publishing, you will need an agent. Also, I would strongly urge you not to include God in your pitch. I am doubting that what you are saying is true (I have no way of knowing), I can tell you that this is the fastest way to get rejected. If the work is truly from God, it should be able to stand on its own merits.
      Kind regards.

      • barbchris

        Thank you so much for your response.  I have read that mentioning its “from God” is a bad idea.  Everyone who has read it so far has drawn that conclusion on their own, so I’ll let the reader decide.  I am attending the writer’s conference in Philly soon and will seek an agent.  Maybe some day by book will cross your desk .  Maybe not, but you certainly  demonstrate profound humility and a deep desire to help aspiring writers by taking the time to reply, many in your position certainly would not.   It surprised me and  really do  appreciate it.  I will call Westbow again about the contract.

        Blessings,
        Barb Christesen

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    Your killer book proposal is RIGHT on! 

  • Denisespeer99

    Thank you Mike!!  Great timing as I’m just starting my first book…thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us.

  • http://www.liveyourwhy.net/ Terry Hadaway

    As someone who has written a number of study guides for Thomas Nelson authors and self-published a couple of my own products, I see the pros and cons of both scenarios. When self-publishing, you have total control, total responsibility, and make all the profits. When working with a publisher, the control, responsibility, and profits are shared. If you have an established platform self-publishing is great. However, if you are looking to establish your platform, working with a publisher will be helpful if you can get them to read your proposal! You can see what I’ve done through self-publishing at http://liveyourwhy.net.

  • http://Thefieldgeneral.com/ Chris Coussens

    Michael, I appreciate the information here immensely but I do hear a lot of people seeing the mountain of work to be published and becomming discouraged.

    My thoughts. If God is calling you to write. Write. Do not be discouraged by this blog or the comments. The question of what you do and how you publish is more than just one of being a professional writer. This is what most of the people here are talking about. Please consider that a call to write a book is not the same as a call to sell as many copies as possible. God often uses a single impression to change the world (look at the histories of Billy Graham or Abe Lincoln).

    If God’s call to you is to be a professional writer, then consider the mountain. Otherwise look at what you are trying to accomplish, your book may be for your church, your town, your company, or places that you speak. Don’t confuse the call to write with your distribution count or you will not write.

  • Jonathan

    Tried hard but system will not accept an order from outside of the USA. Had hoped to download as e-book. How to fix? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/pamela.j.gale.7 Pamela Jean Gale

    I agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/pamela.j.gale.7 Pamela Jean Gale

    I agree

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    It depends on who it is. If it’s a self-publishing company, that is just what you get.

  • Sharon Ashworth

     I am writing a book that has taken me 15 years to write; and I believe my book deserves a change to be published. I have taken a look a Cinderella from another aspect. I am desiring to have my published.

  • http://twitter.com/RuthsLoveStory Victoria Ruth Taylor

    If I would have read, “…you will be rejected” a year ago, I would of cried…this is every authors fear, but after attending a Christian Writers conference…and hearing Chip MacGregor explain the process of getting publish, and Susy Flory help us cope with fear, I felt strong…and I vowed that I would not be one of those unsolicited authors…LOL

    Yes, getting published is hard, like you said, you had “29 rejections”…but you did not give up. Writers have to be persistent in getting better, and connecting with other writers, and less pushy when it comes to getting their work into the hands of an agent. 

    I’ve considered publishing with West Bow Press, even on an EBM machine that I operate at my job Flash Books; I feel that it’s the next best thing. Writers have to remember that the ball is in their court…if everyone stopped writing then publishing houses, and literary agents would go under, so to keep everyone happy, chill out!  

    I believe that every writer has something to say…but it may not get published with a big company/ it may not ever get published. Chip said something at the Write to Inspire conference in Elk Grove, CA that stuck with me he said, “what if all the writing you did was held in (published) in heavens library” that touched my heart, and I was finally okay with the notion of Christ preserving my writings in heaven; rather they get published here on earth or not, they were in God’s hands, and that’s the peace we have as believers. 

  • Samantha Bell

    Hello my name is Samatha Bell and i want to write what advice can you give me for a first time author. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      All the advice I give to first-time authors was in the post. Thanks.

  • John Duval

    Your reference to authors who might have “a killer idea” is pejorative and therefore not appreciated.With regard to the idea that searching for quality amongst submissions is like looking for “a needle in a haystack”, you thereby reveal that you have no system in place for finding the needles. If you people were any good at what you do (as distinct from simply parasiting and making an income by virtue of the fact that demand for publishing far exceeds supply and that you are therefore a supplier of the rare) you’d have smart readers in place who could rapidly analyse submissions with regard to merit.The old “I got 29 rejections before I got published” just doesn’t cut it. Rather, and presuming your work was good, all it does it show us that 29 publishers didn’t know what they were doing (in fact that they had no idea). So the problem is that you seem to have no system in place whereby you can determine whether or not Nelson Publishing is also (now) part of (another) 29 publishers who have just rejected a work that was as good as yours, and therefore whether or not Nelson Publishing itself actually has no real idea.But it appears to me that you have simply gotten to a critical-mass size as a company where you don’t have to really spend much emotional energy: the money will keep coming in if you just continue to publish ‘ball-park’ content. It is the same with the pop music industry: put a guy in a studio, back him with some good musicians, give him a song off the shelf, and ring up your buddies at the radio stations to get air play. Elvis would never have made it today.Embittered?Nope. Just calling it as it is, and pointing out that publishers such as yourselves don’t really provide any service of net value when it is all boiled down. You’re just there, that’s all.

  • John Duval

    Oh so  you have a ‘right’ to delete comments.
     
    Not if you’re a true writer, Mr Hyatt.
     
    But perhaps one of your ways to “get noticed in a noisy world”, is to make sure others who expose a patronising attitude, are shut down.
     
    And so I suggest you “delete” your little smug line about us writers who think we have a “killer idea”. And that you get off your backsides as publishers and actually do some reading, rather than sit back and take a pay check on the back of the work of agents and authors.

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  • PPTA

    My name is Denny Taylor. I have written a true story of how I came to the Lord Jesus. At sixten years old all I wanted in life was a beautiful woman to be my wife, love me, and eventually we would be married, have children, and heLord Jesus would be the head of our family. I asked my Peist how I would know when I met her? He told me had asked the Holy Spirit durning the wek how to nswer my question. This is what he told me. “You will meet a young Catholic Girl, you will nver have known her before, you will be inroduced to her. The Holy Sprit will ay a hnd on you, and you will immeditely fall in love with her.

  • http://go2mortgageguy.com/ Michael Pearson

    Inspiring!  I also read your previous post about the 29 publishers who rejected your first book.  Great stuff!

    I am just starting out, and have 4 short stories published in small magazines.  I am researching ideas now for an ebook that I would like to self publish.

    Thanks for the advice!

    Michael

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  • Bill E Carpentier

    I am just starting this process. I am retired from a business career and wanted to try my hand at writing a small book on leadership – which is already complete – but don’t know where to go from here. I have submitted my work for copyright approval. I don’t know if I should be pursuing a publisher before hearing comments from Washington on the copyright. I also wonder about pursuing places like FriesenPress Publishing House who make it sound like – for a fee – they will take care of everything. I suppose that’s a form of self-publishing. I am a bit confused – as you can tell. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      First of all, you don’t need to wait to hear from Washington. You already have a copyright from the moment you create your work. Registering with the Copyright Office does not grant you any rights. It only helps protect your rights if you ever get in a lawsuit with someone (which rarely happens). Your next step is to find an agent if you want to go the traditional route or research self-publishers if you want to go that route. I have not heard of FriesenPress. Thanks.

    • http://booksite.rcetc.com Reid A. Ashbaucher

      Hello Bill,

      Confused! Don’t feel bad, it is a very confusing field if you never have been involved in the industry before. The story line goes like this: There are basically three methods to pursue in publishing. Traditional – which means you need to submit your manuscript to a traditional publisher who will review your work and if they think it will sell, will offer you a book deal. The problem with this method is most traditional publishers will not accept a manuscript from first time authors – untested and unknown. So the traditional publishers ask that you find a book agent or a book review firm that will act as a filter and evaluate you work for them and if they think your book is good enough to produce sales the agent then on your behalf lobby publishers to publish your book. Evan after an agent lands a book deal for you the process for publication could take up to two years before you see it on any shelves.

      Co-Publishing is more tied to self-publishing in that you may find a self-publisher to cover part of the cost in publishing your work.

      Self-Publishing is where a publishing company will publish your work for a fee. All aspects of this method will cost you something. For many this method is appealing because, depending on your work, could be made available to a market within months of submission. The drawback is it could take years for your work to become known and sell. In many cases this method produces books that only sell on the Internet in on-line book outlets and stores. When there are millions of books online your book will get lost in the shuffle. Therefore if you pursue this method and you want to sell books, then be prepared to spend money on adverting online or in some media. One aspect of self-publishing that many do not consider is there are some individuals, like pastors or educators, that are not looking to sell their work in stores but do a great deal of public speaking and would like to sell their work in that way by making their book available to people they come in contact with. Self-publishing allows you to have your book printed and sold directly to you at a discount and you in turn can sell or give your work away at your speaking engagements.

      In the end, this has been my experience in how the industry works. I hope this has been helpful. If you review Michael Hyatt’s website you will find a list of book agents you could try to persuade in taking on your work, if that is your direction. Michael also has a book on how to present your work to the industry.

      Respectfully

      As a side note: I self-published and have no regrets. My work can be found at: http://booksite.rcetc.com

  • Onuwa

    Thanks a lot Mike

    It is generally frustrating for a first time publisher to either find a publishing company or agents. In Toronto where I live. every Publishing agent or company is busy and thus, does not attempt to correspond with you. All the book queries I have sent were so far unanswered . Other than sel-publishing, can anyone tell me what to do?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Could it be that your proposal is just not resonating? You might hire an editor to review it. Thanks.

  • Peachtree47

    Hi I am writing a book of my collective works of poetry. This is my first book and I was wondering would it be better to self publish a work like poetry or find an agent and find a big time publisher?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I would recommend self-publishing. It is almost impossible to get poetry published by a traditional publisher.

      • Peachtree47

        Thank You! :)

  • George T Horvat

    Hi all:
    Two weeks ago I finished the process of having one of my novels published through WestBow Press. As the writer I didn’t expect to have to do most of the work and take all of the responsibility to bring about the final product, but that’s exactly what happens with the self publishing process, at least with WestBow.
    To say that the experience is at best aggravating and gut wrenching is to put it mildly.
    You don’t get much help or advice so be prepared for five months of wondering why you even got into this mess. But once your money’s down, you’re stuck so be prepared to persevere.
    The one good thing about WestBow though, is that you are in a non-binding contract so you are free to up and leave them at any given moment and that is exactly what I am about to do now that my novel “A dead Man’s Odyssey” is finally in print.
    I am informing my agent to take book in hand and pitch it to the top six traditional publishers in hopes of securing a standard publishing contract.
    Being in print “is” a big deal and is well worth self publishing.
    Good luck to the rest of you and please cross your fingers for me. 

    • http://booksite.rcetc.com Reid A. Ashbaucher

      I am sorry your experience in self-publishing was so disappointing. My experience was much different. I contacted Innovo Publishing and talked to someone that was quite helpful, they answered all my questions. As I stated in my book, if you don’t ask the right questions you will not get the right answers. After my phone Q/A session, I had understood that the writing of the book was totally my responsibility and the choice of editing was also mine. After I finished my book I had it edited and then submitted it to Innovo for free evaluation. They told me that the edit quality was acceptable and explained to me how the process to get my book to market would work. They formatted the inside of the book in which I had complete control over the process within their system. After the inside of the book was completed and signed off on. They went to work on the outside of the book. You could submit a picture for the cover or they would design one for you but in the end it was a team effort, with the author making the final approval of the end result. Yes, I had to provide all content to include writing my own cover information. But I understood this going into the project.

      Within my total experience I did contact WestBow Press and spoke to a very knowledgeable individual and ask many of the same questions. I submitted to them half my manuscript to see it they would be interested and they said they were. I was sent their contract, and for the record I found nothing in their contract that promised any real help in writing or editing the manuscript. If you wanted this done, for a price you could pay them to do this, but so would most other self-publishing companies. That’s why it’s called self-publishing – you do it all, unless you contract with someone for the additional help. Self-publishers provide many services for a price. By asking the right questions I had no allusions to what to expect. My book is now on the worldwide market and I am very happy about it. Would I do it again? Yes!

      Respectfully,

      Reid Ashbaucher – http://booksite.rcetc.com

  • Karen Eleuteri

    I have recently had the great pleasure of reading “Heaven is for Real” which Thomas Nelson published. It was so inspiring and brought back memories of my own ordeal with my daughter, Joy (Spering). At the age of six Joy contracted chicken pox and lost both of her legs. Medically we were told that  she was not live beyond 12 hours, but God’s plan was much different. His plan was for a full, but not long life to come for Joy. Joy lived 23 more years. However, her struggles did not end after leaving the hospital after 4 1/2 months. She continued having surgeries-over 70. However, God spoke to her and told her she would walk, and run and play like other kids on false legs. and she did.  As her family, we were blessed to have journeyed with her during the 23 remaing years of her life. Our family’s story is filled with miracles  and challenges which demonstrated the ever presence of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Joy’s  strength and courage were revered by many. Even People Magazine was inspired by her.  Joy’s story was a 4 page article in the March 26, 1984, issue of People and then appeared again in the Dec. 24-31 year end issue announcing the most intriguing people of 1984. In 1986, she was in the January issue of Reader’s Digest .

       After many people sought me out to ask me how I ever lived through this ordeal with Joy and after I repeadedly told them that it was not me, but the Lord who gave us the victory, I knew I had to write her story and the story of a Living God who loved us through this daily and forever.

    So…..I self-published a book, Step by Step with Joy by Karen Eleuteri which came out in March of 2005. It is a live changng story much like Heaven Is For Real. Is it possible to now get this published through a publishing house? Do you have any suggestion as to how I might proceed? Would Thomas Nelson be interested?

    Thank you for taking the time to help. God Bless

    Karen Eleuteri
    2334 Riverton RD
    Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
    keleuteri@verizon.net
    Cell: 856-296-3980

  • Louhusted

    i have had a book published last year it’s a children’s book and the first time i sent it to a publisher they sent a contract, but it cost to have it printed this took all the money i had
    i’m now sending my books to publishers that do not charge but being i;m unknown tells me i will see rejection how do you by pass this terrible fate. lou husted at louhusted@Gmail.com

  • George T Horvat

    Just as an observation: Judging by the way a lot of these aspiring authors are making their inquiries; my first impression is that their most urgent need is to learn how to form a sentence. This is called syntax and using it properly is essential to making a story flow for the reader.
    Lousy syntax will turn any publisher off within the first page.
    My advice to these authors is to hire a good editor upon completing your novel and get it cleaned up before submitting it to a publisher, because if your story is anything like your inquiry, then you don’t stand a chance.
    I also disagree with those who are against self publishing. Traditional publishers seldom even look at a raw novel unless it’s from an established author.  Getting your novel out there in actual book form gives you the opportunity to generate sales. This is what traditional publishers are looking for. This is what draws their attention. They could care less about your “masterpiece,” It’s all about the money.

  • Sharondecor8s

    All requests for endorsements for my book being published thru Westbow has been denied for the same reason. I’m told they have an agreement with their publisher, agent, mgmnt., etc. What gives 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Who is making the requests? To whom are they being made? In other words, are you personally asking other authors?

  • WENDY BACKSHALL

    Hi yes agree great help. all I read.
    I have just self published with create space (Amazon) and just wondered what you think of this way of publishing?