When to go solo or accept a small press contract in book publishing?

When to go solo (self-publish) or accept a small press contract in book publishing? Well, no one can answer that question but you. Because only you know when enough is enough. It’s time consuming constantly writing excerpts, cover letters and submitting manuscripts only to be rejected, again, and again and again. It can grow pretty expensive if your are copying and mailing a raw manuscript.

Quite contrary to popular belief: Everyone doesn’t have years upon years to wait. That’s where self-publishing comes in handy.

The long wait is that may never happen is mainly because most publishing houses still primary publish manuscripts from one segment of society.

So, it’s not a matter of rather or not your work is good. It’s a matter of whether or not a publisher believe they can sell it. Most authors who become famous for one book actually have written many more no one have heard of. Here’s a short list of the number of times some famous authors were rejected.

The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot, was rejected by 17 publishers

Frank Herbert’s Dune was rejected 20 times.

Thor Hyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki was rejected 20 times.

Richard Hooker’s novel M*A*S*H was rejected 21 times.

James Joyce’s Dubliners was rejected 22 times.

John Grisham’s first novel was rejected 25 times.

Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was rejected by 25 publishers.

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time was turned down 29 times.

Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull was rejected 40 times.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected 121 times.

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen received 134 rejections.

Louis L’Amour was rejected over 200 times before he sold any of his writing.

The grand prize of rejections goes to: C.S. Lewis, who received over 800 rejections before he sold a single piece of writing.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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1 Response to When to go solo or accept a small press contract in book publishing?

  1. Remember, in the days a lot of these publications were written, there were no self-publishing.


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