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Can You Self Publish And Still Get Published Traditionally? (1 Viewer)

Pamelyn Casto

WF Veterans
For what it's worth, I know of one author who self-published her book and was later approached by a publishing company and asked if she would allow them to publish it too. She agreed and the book did quite well in sales. (I'd guess she had a good marketing system that got the work before the eyes that could help her even more.) I'd guess this to be quite out of the ordinary but it has happened in recent times.
 

TheMightyAz

Mentor
For what it's worth, I know of one author who self-published her book and was later approached by a publishing company and asked if she would allow them to publish it too. She agreed and the book did quite well in sales. (I'd guess she had a good marketing system that got the work before the eyes that could help her even more.) I'd guess this to be quite out of the ordinary but it has happened in recent times.
So it can happen but it's not the norm. Cheers. I just wanted to get ahead of the game on this. If I'm going to go for traditional publication, I have to consider how long I'm willing to pursue that before I self publish. I'm not going to sit on a book for years when I can at least self publish, but at the same time I don't want self publishing destroy the possibility of a book eventually getting traditionally published.

Here's a related question for anyone who's self published. Did you first pursue traditional publication and if so how long did you pursue it before you eventually self published? A year ... two years?
 

SueC

Staff member
Senior Mentor
What happened, Sue?
Nothing really Llyralen. It was just a discussion with a person who should know that did not go very well. Actually, doing more research, I see it is possible so I may have mispoke, based on my experience. It is very important for a writer to retain their rights to their book. The difficulties I ran into required an attorney to help extract those rights for me, but I didn't pursue traditional publication after that. It took me awhile to get over it- but I'm fine now! :) This was a couple of years ago.

Thanks for asking! :)
 

Non Serviam

WF Veterans
If you self publish a book, can you still put that book forward to be published traditionally?

I self-publiahed and was subsequently approached by a mainstream publisher. I didn't approach them, they approached me. Admittedly it was a small press publisher who does print runs of a few thousand at a time.

I think it would be hard to do that with fiction though. Everything's easier for non-fiction writers in my experience.
 
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