I spent years dreaming about writing a health and wellness book and I had my heart set on getting a publishing deal with one of the large New York publishing houses. But no matter how hard I tried or how many book proposals I sent out, I couldn’t get a deal. The feedback was always the same. The publishers all commented that the concept wasn’t unique and didn’t have a “hook.” You see, my book was simply a step-by-step guide for eating healthier and losing weight. There was no gimmick, as it wasn’t a quick-fix plan. But without this selling point, it seemed my book wasn’t interesting enough for the large publishers.
I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I found the multiple rejections to be extremely discouraging. But I wasn’t ready to quit. So rather than giving up on the dream of publishing my book Healthy You, I took a slightly different path.
Instead of shelving the idea, I decided to try my hand at self-publishing. I felt passionate about the book and believed there was an audience for it, so I moved forward on my own. Guess what? My self-published book did so well that the same publishers who initially rejected my idea later expressed major interest in the book. That self-published book landed me a six-figure book deal!
If you want to write a book but can’t find an agent to represent you or a publisher who wants to publish you, why not try your hand at self-publishing?
I could have very easily given up on my dream of getting the book published by a large publishing house; instead, I simply found another road that led me to my end goal. Could self-publishing be your road map to success?
Don’t waste another day “thinking” about writing a book. I believe anyone who wants to write a book, feels passionate about a topic or has knowledge worth sharing should do so.