After a year of selling and promoting the book myself, I was approached by a publisher who expressed an interest in taking over my first book and doing my second book. After a little research, I knew this was not a major publisher, and I certainly had my reservations about joining them. One thing I did do was have a lawyer look at the contract to make sure that everything was on the up and up, and, according to him, it was. So now it’s decision time – do I continue to go it alone, or do I enlist the help of a publisher? What influenced me more than anything was the fact that they were in the business and, presumedly, had the marketing machinery in place to promote the book and get it out there – something I did not have. At least, I hoped they did.
Did I make the right decision in going with them? Honestly, the jury is still out. They did send out press releases about the first book, got the book on Amazon as well as making it available in digital form, and arranged for a couple of book signings. Perhaps more telling will be how they do with the second book which I have in hand, but won’t officially be released until next month. Maybe by the end of the year I’ll have a much clearer idea of what they’ve done and if it’s been worthwhile. The question I want answered is this: can they effectively promote the book(s) and increase sales on their own, or does the bulk of the work still fall on me? I understand that authors have to do their part – that’s always been the way it works, and I’m fine with that. I’m just hoping they can work some magic and help me to find my niche market.