It’s harder now than ever to land a traditional publishing deal. Publishers are risk-averse and generally require that you have a platform to promote and sell books.
Most traditional publishers won’t work directly with authors. They require you to have an agent. An agent only makes money if they land a publishing deal for their client. This means they only take on a client if they think they can sell their work.
Again, having a large platform to sell books is key. Agents are also interested in authors who will likely write many books.
Though it’s never been harder to land a traditional publishing deal, there’s never been more opportunities for self-publishing/indie-publishing.
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Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is an author, blogger, and publisher with over 30 years of writing and publishing experience. Check out his book The Successful Author for insider tips and insights.