Two literary critics were talking and the first one said, “F. Scott Fitzgerald died a broken man, because The Great Gatsbywas a commercial and critical flop.”
And the second said, “Yeah, but he knew he wrote a good book.”
Don’t let those agents and acquisition editors and big house publishers get to you. They’re mostly nice, overworked people, but they’re 20thCentury dinosaurs, breathing in the volcanic ash of technology and slowly going extinct. Fugetaboutit.
Technology has set us free. Just go to somewhere like Amazon KDP and publish your book. It’s free, easy, you have complete creative control, the royalty rates are great, and you get immediate worldwide distribution.
Why are commercially successful writers like Lee Child and James Patterson and Stephen King still giving publishing houses a cut of their spoils? I have no idea. Loyalty maybe? Inertia?
No, you won’t be the next King of book sales. You won’t get reviewed here in The New York Times and you probably won’t get rich and famous. But you might. I have a friend who publishes independently (Don’t call it “self-publishing,” it’s Independent Publishing) who has sold over 30,000 books. Another friend often gets on The Timesbestseller list. Another has had a major movie made from her book.
Will this happen to you? Probably not. I know it hasn’t happened to me. But that’s not important. There’s only one thing that matters:
You wrote a good book.