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Setting the Record Straight: How Traditional Publishing Really Works and Why You Need to Understand It

  • Meridian Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association (map)

Much of the information and advice that circulates on the internet and in writing groups about the traditional publishing industry is flat out wrong. This bad information comes almost exclusively from self-publishing authors or editors and publishers who don't have any experience with traditional publishing, especially the Big 5. It's time someone who works alongside literary agents and traditional publishers and with authors who have traditional publishing contracts sets the record straight because--even if you plan to self-publish--what you don't understand about the industry you're part of is hurting you. And, if you're repeating indefensible information, you're publicly declaring your ignorance: professionals recognize professionals.

At this event, I'll talk about:

  • the publishing statistics you need to know,

  • the traditional publishing business model,

  • what literary agents do,

  • how bad information is hurting all of us,

  • and what questions you need to ask to get accurate answers.

RSVP (location tbd): Meridian Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association