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Post a Sample of Your Book, Get an Agent

Many authors are wary of posting their material online. You shouldn’t be.

One author had some luck.

This article, Author Found on Penguin’s Web Site Signs Book Deal – NYTimes.com, reports:

“Ace Books, an imprint of Penguin, has signed the debut novelist Kerry Schafer to a two-book deal, only weeks after Ms. Schafer posted writing samples on Bookcountry.com, a Web site Penguin introduced in April that invites writers of genre fiction to share their work.”

There you go. 🙂

Writing a book and selling a book are two different processes

Writing a book and selling your book are two different processes, and for success as an author, you need to become adept at both.

Look at those statistics. The Easy Way to Publishing Success By Patricia Fry says: “First, let me say that, while it’s actually fairly easy to get published, the challenge is to experience success as a published author. Did you know, for example, that there were only 10 titles in 2006 that sold over a million copies? Seventy-six percent or 948,000 titles, that year, sold fewer than 100 copies. The next largest percentage is 17 percent representing titles that sold between 100 and 1,000 copies.”

Selling a book to a publisher is one thing. Ensuring that the book sells once it’s on the bookstore shelves is something completely different.

Selling your book happens in two stages:

1. Selling your book to a publishing house via an agent or doing it yourself

2. Promoting your book both before publication day, and afterward

I set up my exclusive new membership site to help you to get your books written, to sell them to publishers, AND to develop your career as an author.

To develop a long term career, what happens after publication day is just as important as what happens before that day.