Publishing: To query or not to query | LinkedIn

In the arguments surrounding publishing, in terms of self-publishing vs. traditional routes (etc.), there`s one constant that hasn`t changed at all—publishing a book is about making money. This is an important fact that is often treated like a subtext when discussing whether or not an author should query their work.

Let`s look at some simple economic facts. Fact number one: authors need to know their audience. Do you have an audience in place? Do you have the ability to grasp the attention of thousands of people? Fact number two: if you do query a manuscript, the final decision is generally made in the marketing department. Is your work marketable? Is it profitable? Whether you self-publish or query an agent, you have to have an audience that wants to read your book. This seems blatantly obvious; however, for many authors, this is an afterthought. This is the most important fact that should determine your publishing route


The mistake so many writers make in today`s technology rich environment is that they expose themselves too early or they are in too much of a hurry to get their million dollar book (tongue-in-cheek) out to their possible readers (notice I said possible). Unfortunately, most aspiring writers have the “if I build it they will come” attitude about their writing…..(Continued).

Publishing: To query or not to query | LinkedIn


S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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