‘I’m just a girl sitting in front of my laptop, writing a book’, reads Andaleeb Wajid’s Instagram bio. This young author from Bangalore has been on a writing spree for the past 10-plus years, during which she has produced more than 20 novels. Wajid began her writing career with a publishing house, switched to self-publishing and then went back to traditional publishing.
Andaleeb Wajid shares 8 points that aspiring writers need to keep in mind when sending their work out into the world:
- While self-publishing a novel gives you the comfort of choice, approaching a publishing house is a more complicated task. Follow the tried-and-tested method of sending publishers a sneak peek, a synopsis of your new novel along with a few exciting chapters.
- If your aim is to publish traditionally sometime in the future, my advice would be to self-publish in moderation.
- Always approach a publishing house with a new novel, a fresh perspective. Content is of utmost importance. It’s a good idea to take a look at what’s out there and take note of what is in demand.
- When it comes to traditional publishing, patience is key. With self-publishing, one can publish a novel overnight. However, publishing a novel using traditional channels is a time-consuming process.
- Publishers do not appreciate sequels, no matter how popular a novel is.
- It is imperative to have a good reader base and an audience who will read your content no matter how it is published, traditionally or self-published.
- Traditional publishing provides an author with a range of advantages. Efficient marketing is at the top of that list. Publishers put the full force of their marketing team behind your novel, ensuring it gets the reach it deserves.
- Before switching to traditional publishing, ask yourselves these questions: What is the main objective behind publishing your novel? Do you want to attract more readers? Would you like to make more money? Is it because you want a name in the world?