I have been told that agents and publishers don’t like accepting manuscripts from previously self published authors. I asked this of my editor, who told me that this isn’t true. It gave me hope to keep on trying.
When I first self published my first book, ‘Sticks and Stones’, I was living in an ideal world. I thought by paying someone to edit and publish my book, I could pass on a positive message, that bullying is never okay.
It wasn’t my best writing, I know that now. I thought by paying the money I would get a great editing service. I got a half hearted attempt at editing at best. At worst, my money went down the drain so fast I had no chance at recouping my losses. I won’t name the company because there are many like them out there. As an author it is up to you, but I would advise never to go to any vanity publishing company.
I can’t even go back to look at my first book, but I have used it as a learning curve.
At least with KDP I have control over my own writing, but the one thing I have learnt is never self edit. We are too close to our own work. Finding someone else to read, whether it be an editor, or a beta reader, is important. From sentence structure to plot, you will miss things.
Would I love for an agent or publisher to give me a deal – of course I would. I will still send new manuscripts in the hope someone will reply. Until then I will keep on writing, work hard, and not take shortcuts.
My writing is important and it is through hard work we can achieve our goals.