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    Self publishing

    Do literary agents or publishers disapprove, if you self publish before coming to them?

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    If you mean trying to pitch the same work you self-pubbed -- yeah, they'll disapprove -- unless you sold a few thousand copies.

    If you mean pitching a new work and asking whether you should mention previous, self-published stuff as publishing credits -- I'd avoid it -- unless you sold a few thousand copies.

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    So then self-publishing should never be a first choice?

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    Self-publishing's fine if you sell enough copies to meet your expectations. In most cases, it doesn't work.
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    I give motivational presentations at high schools and companies. I wanted my own copies to sell and give away, but I guess that would make me self-published. I don't want to be at the mercy of agents and critics to pick me up, but I do want to give myself a shot at it. I value everything you're saying. Thank you.

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    Your situation is the perfect match for self-publishing: you have direct access to your own market. Hand-sell a thousand or so at your presentations, you might then interest a publisher of similar material in levering it to a national market. Something to consider.

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    Yep, you're in a good position to self-pub. Even if you never interest a commerical pub or agent in that particular opus, you should still be in a position to make money from it and elevate your profile - something few self-pubbers can say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Baron View Post
    If you mean trying to pitch the same work you self-pubbed -- yeah, they'll disapprove -- unless you sold a few thousand copies.

    If you mean pitching a new work and asking whether you should mention previous, self-published stuff as publishing credits -- I'd avoid it -- unless you sold a few thousand copies.
    OK, self publish, sell a few thousand copies, and then get published by the big guys. I can do that. Piece of cake.

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    But that doesn't mean you can't make self-publishing work for you.
    But only if you sell them, Greg. Not give them away.

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