HURRAY UP! GET OUT OF BED! OVER AT HAWK’S PLACE IS AN AWESOME ARTICLE WRITTEN BY AGENTS/EDITORS EVAN MARSHALL AND MARTHA JEWETT! IT’S A MUST SEE!
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Position Your Indie Novel for Pickup by the Majors
by Evan Marshall & Martha Jewett
We think the indie movement is one of the most exciting developments to hit publishing in a very long time. No longer are traditional publishers preventing writers from getting their novels in front of eager readers. Ironically, these very same traditional publishers are constantly monitoring what’s being indie-published, plucking out the best books to republish on their lists—in some cases, books they once rejected.
For some authors, getting plucked has been a good career move, providing income, exposure and just plain publishing help they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Think Amanda Hocking and E. L. James, to name just two.
Wanna get plucked? Here’s our list of six tips to position your indie fiction so it has the best chances of appealing to the majors.
- Develop your platform. Platform is everything to the major publishers. It’s an established fan base they can market to. Celebrities have platforms. For novelists it’s not as easy, but it can be done. Consider posting your fiction on sites such as Wattpad or Textnovel, where you can not only get valuable feedback as you write—think fiction focus group—but also build a base of readers who’ll gladly buy your novel later. E. L. James started out posting her stories on a Twilight fan fiction site. Another way to think of platform is to come up with a strategy that will thrust your book into the limelight. An example of an author who did this is the traditionally published phenomenon Dan Brown, whose first major blockbuster The Da Vinci Code created a firestorm of controversy. Many Christian organizations have denounced the book as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church, which of course only made people want to read it more. We’re not saying Brown set out to create this overexcited reaction. What do you think?
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