Why you don’t need (and shouldn’t want) a publishing deal

Bad book contract

Indie author H.M. Ward is tired of the BS, misinformation, and scare tactics that have kept talented writers from self-publishing.

In under 3 years she’s sold over 4 MILLION books — all without the help of a big publisher, and in her blog post “The Roses are Dead” she sets out to anecdotally debunk a number of myths concerning the publishing industry.

She doesn’t want you to wait around any longer for that big book deal. According to Ward, many of your hopes for that book deal are based on false assumptions anyway.

  • Do you think you’ll get an advance against royalties?
  • That print distribution legitimizes you?
  • That a major publishing deal is the only way to get into bookstores or libraries?
  • That you’ll never work with a great editor, publicist, or marketing team unless you’ve got a book deal?
  • That self-published authors are less likely to become best-sellers?
  • That DIY writers are missing out on branding and licensing opportunities?

Think again.

In “The Roses are Dead,” H.M. Ward gives you evidence to the contrary, showing that self-publishing is not only a smart choice in many instances, but that you’re more likely to achieve success WITHOUT a book deal.

Check out the article HERE.

What do you think of Ward’s argument? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."



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