I get it, because I've been in that place, too.
I remember walking through the conference doors. A warmth filled me head to toe. I was so excited. I can only explain it as a feeling of coming home.
Hundreds of would-be authors sat around tables in the conference hall. Most held carefully crafted proposals and manuscripts in their hands. Appointments with visiting publishing house representatives were scheduled.
The conference hall was electric with excitement, nervousness and hope. I had my appointments lined up, too. I recall sitting outside of the breakout rooms where the publishing house representatives waited. We glanced at each other, wondering whose book, if any, would get a contract.
You could feel the nervousness in the room. You could see the passion each writer had for their story. It was evident on every face, knuckles white as they clutched their proposals and dreams of becoming a published author.
I pitched my book idea as best as I could, pitching what would become my first book, Autism's Hidden Blessings: Discovering God's Promises for Autistic Children and Their Families.
An autism mama with a simple story of hope, I longed to share it with other parents of special needs kids. I prayed many hours for an open door, sensing God's leading even though the odds were stacked against me to get a contract.
After pitching my book, the waiting process began. Weeks passed with no word. Then months passed. Finally, six months later, I clicked on an email from one publisher. The text in that email amazed me:
In the year that followed, I poured my heart onto the pages of that manuscript. I learned so much about the authoring process, and I am forever grateful to the wonderful team of Kregel Publishing for taking a chance of me.
In later years, I attended other conferences and pitched other books. I pitched and waited but the doors remained closed.
I saw writers paying hundreds of dollars to attend writers conferences hoping for a contract... and for most, that contract would not come. Publishing houses have little room to take a chance on an unknown writer. The financial risks are too great.
That's why I learned how to self-publish my books... but more on that later.
Each year, thousands of would-be writers attend expensive conferences and pitch proposals to publishing houses.
Powerful stories need to get to the readers who need them. The good news is that you don't have to wait any longer. But first, a word of caution for you:
Writers who don't know how to self-publish often consider a publishing vendor. This is a vendor who, at a high cost, will complete the publishing process for them. These vendors charge would-be authors more than a thousand dollars to publish their book for them.
That's a lot of money! I've seen the results.
Most of these books will have substandard cover designs that will get lost and overlooked once available for purchase. I've seen little attention to detail. If you need marketing help—and we all do-- it will cost you.
Published Author Gone Rogue
Hi! I'm Kelly, and I’ve authored my books via traditional and self-publishing methods. I’ve pitched proposals to publishers, and I’ve walked through the entire process with editing, cover design, and publishing.
I also know how to self-publish. I know where to find cover designers and editors. I’ve designed entire books from start to finish, and I’ve self-published them for print and digital formats.
Most importantly—and this matters—I ask God for guidance in all that I do. This is the one thing that sets a Christian author apart from the rest:
We write to glorify God, and when we allow Him to lead the way, we will reach people in powerful ways we cannot begin to imagine.