Does self-publishing put off publishers?

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  • #3491
    orcus
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    To self-publish or not to self-publish? I don’t know if anyone has any strong feelings about this but a few years ago I self-published a book based around my own life story. Then I decided to see if I could get it accepted by a mainstream publisher and (to my surprise) was told by one that they liked it. However, when I told them I had already self-published it, they lost interest. I know these are their rules but I only had a short 100 book print run done and then managed to sell just 26. I don’t think such a small project is going to impact on their potential sales.

    #3505
    Kit-Kat
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    It’s a red line for most publishers I’m afraid. I think there are legal reasons in addition to others for not being able to take on pre-published work. I would exhaust all potential submissions before going down the self-publish route although it didn’t hurt Mark Twain, George Orwell or Margaret Atwood to name a few. Also, I think the author of The Martian started it off as an on-line blog. So never say never.

    #3508
    orcus
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    Also that author who wrote the Shades of Grey series.
    Even if you don’t care for the material, the story to publication is a fascinating one.
    Here’s the Wiki link (scroll down to ‘Background and Publication’)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty_Shades_of_Grey

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