The Ever Changing and Exciting Opportunities to get Published

I wrote a post about a year ago, called, I feel like a fern at the bottom of the Red Wood Forest. I address the issue of authors trying to get their books noticed by someone, anyone. If you’re an indie author that has been through the process of putting forth the real work it takes to write, edit, layout, design, and market a book, then you know it’s not only tough work, but the success rate of most authors is abysmal. Most authors try and “fake it till you make it.” The facts are plain, either you need a horseshoe up your tail end, or you need an agent and a traditional publishing route. Or is there another way?

I recently encountered a site called Lee Constantine, who oversees growth opportunities for their site, contacted me and we were discussing the possibility of doing some sort of cross-promotional project. I wasn’t sure what the site was about, I assumed it was another blog; however, what I found, I have to say, was much more exciting. I think what they are doing is brilliant regarding the prospects of getting published. The site is primarily using the concept of crowdfunding to pre-sell books. These raw numbers can then be used to queried an agent, publisher, or an independent/small press.

Lee and I started emailing back and forth discussing various ways to cross-promote our sites—a collaboration effort. Two Drops of Ink is a literary blog with a mixture of readers and writers in our demographic. is a site that needs to achieve as much exposure for its potential authors, and their book proposals, as possible. So, Walla, we found a common need and a starting point for our sites to work together.

Here is a quote from one reviewer I read about said, “…[it’s] a platform that publishers might use to find new books, a sort of literary minor league stadium for hunting up new talent. Right now, however, it’s a fairly succinct way to get a book proposal up on the Internet.”

The Deal

Lee and I had a pleasant conversation via Zoom the other night, and I told him I was excited to promote their site to our audience because I know there are dozens of authors and writers who are working on their first book, and that need to look at the potential that offers.

I like their about page because it gives potential authors a quick, concise lesson in how the traditional publishing industry works—I know from personal experience. They list these steps:

  • Submit your book proposal to dozens of agents over an extended period of time.
  • 98% of all proposals are rejected by agents or publishers.
  • Most authors turn to self-publishing which is why I created the fern at the bottom of the Red Wood Forest metaphor. They get frustrated with all the promotion and no sales. The lose their desire, in many cases.

The answer:

  • Submit a book proposal for free (you may want to invest in a high-quality book cover).
  • Sell pre-orders and then use those to query publishers
  • Find the best deal for you with the publisher that best fits your book deal.

Here is an article that gives detailed information about the site and its concepts. I highly recommend you read this. It’s exciting:


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Ask not what your book can do for you but what you can do for your book

Book publishing in 2017 and what it means for authors.

Do you dream of getting published?

Being a traditionally published author has its perks. Credibility, speaking opportunities, and paid advances are just the start. If you’ve ever wanted to influence minds and create a lasting impact with your words then this a compelling path.

The book publishing industry is a giant beast, seemingly unmovable. It is changing, but it will take more than a village and heaps of time. Getting your book idea into the hands of more readers is still about leveraging an author platform, which also takes time and skill to build. And of course high-quality writing.

So what does publishing truly hold for authors in 2017 and what can they do to give themselves the best chances of having success?

Continue reading about how to get published…


  1. This sounds like a good concept. About three years ago we tried ‘crowd funding’ my son’s book. The result was underwhelming. A former business colleague told me, after the campaign, that we needed to have gained a mass sign-up (perhaps 50% of target) within the first 24 to 48 hours to achieve success. Sadly, we did not have any donors pre-prepared. I hope this method provides more chance of success for authors and do intend to investigate further.

    • Hello Peter, thank you for your comments. This site is a little different in that it only requires you to write a book proposal. Then, you go out and campaign to see how many people would be willing to purchase your book based on the proposal. This would be potential readers of your book. If you can reach a large enough amount of pre-orders, they then query agents and publishers to publish the book. It’s a unique idea that still requires hard work, but places you in front of genuine agents and Publishers a lot easier then vanity Publishers or the self-publishing route.

      • Precisely why I think it worth investigating further. I applaud you for bringing it everyone’s attention.

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