Will an Agent Be Interested in My Self-Published Book?
So you have an indie-published book and you’re thinking about pursuing traditional publishing?
That’s fantastic. Welcome!
Most agents and publishers aren’t interested in your already-published book. Instead, we want to see your NEXT book.
I’ve seen wonderful indie-published books that have sold units in the six figures, and traditional publishers still didn’t bite. Why? Partly because a book that can be wildly successful at a $2.99 price point can’t necessarily make it at $12.99. Books are surprisingly price-sensitive. Also, publishers typically aren’t interested in something that’s already been published in any form.
Of course, we all can think of a few examples of self-published books that went on to traditional publishing fame and fortune (and even movies). They’re outliers and it’s not the way it typically happens. In those cases, the book has made such a splash that the publisher is likely to be coming after the author, rather than the author needing to pitch them.
If you’ve indie-published, that shows a lot of great things about you – you’ve written a book, you’ve taken the steps to get it out there, and presumably you’ve learned something about marketing and promotion. All good things! So we’d love to see your next book, and there’s absolutely no stigma for being a self published author (which I know people tend to worry about). Even some agents are self published authors! Myself included. So, it’s no black mark.
We welcome your submission! Always follow agent submission guidelines, easily found on their websites or in the Guide to Literary Agents.
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