Do Debut Authors Have a Chance at Getting Published?

New writers often worry that there’s no place for them in publishing. I constantly hear writers calling it a catch-22. “You can’t get published if you’ve never been published.”

That couldn’t be further from the truth!

Publishers are in constant need of fresh voices, so they’re always looking for a strong debut author. In fact, it’s easier to get published as a promising debut than if you’re published but with middling sales.

With brand-new authors, publishers have all kinds of hope and optimism for success. They’re not tethered to any actual past sales numbers.

So if you’re an unpublished writer, take heart! We need you!

 

If you should decide to invest in some personalized counsel, I offer coaching for unpublished authors here: My Coaching Services

I also offer online courses here: Author School

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Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!

3 Comments

  1. Paul K Kho on January 12, 2021 at 9:06 PM

    Interesting ideas. I tried to self-publish my first novel. It was an expensive lesson. I sunk more than $5000 into this project. I printed twenty-five copies. I sold less than five units. The rest I gave away. Getting noticed is extremely difficult. Especially when you are considered as a new author. After this expensive lesson, I decided to start over. I started revising my novels. I suppose I am now waiting for the right time and the right opportunity so I can showcase my work. I learned the best way to get published is to work with established authors. If you are interested in seeing what I am trying to tell in my stories, please contact me for details. Thank you.



  2. Richard Mabry on December 30, 2020 at 8:50 AM

    Actually, unpublished authors have a great chance to be published. It takes a certain amount of talent, and lots of persistence. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be beneficiary of the “right place-right time” thing. But persistence, to me, is the key. Most of us who’ve gotten there have a handful of rejections to show (I have 40 before I got the call). And–unrequested and spontaneous endorsement–Rachelle was the one who got me there.



  3. Richard Mabry on December 30, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    Actually, unpublished authors have a great chance to be published. It takes a certain amount of talent, and lots of persistence. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we were beneficiaries of the “right place-right time” thing. But persistence, to me, is the key. Most of us who’ve gotten there have a handful of rejections to show (I have 40 before I got the call). And–unrequested and spontaneous endorsement–Rachelle was the one who got me there.