Is it possible for a self-published book to be picked up by a brick & mortar pub

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  1. TToombs08 profile image77
    TToombs08posted 6 years ago

    Is it possible for a self-published book to be picked up by a brick & mortar publisher?

    Is self-publishing a disadvantage when it comes to soliciting a publishing house?

  2. carter06 profile image75
    carter06posted 6 years ago

    I have heard of many authors being offered publishing deals after self publishing. Apparently the author of a book titled 'On the Island' was recently offered a substantial deal by a major publishing house after it went viral online...cheers

  3. Marisa Wright profile image96
    Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago

    It has happened a few times - but if you research the ones which have received offers, you'll see that those authors sold a few thousand copies of their book before being picked up by a major publishing house.

    If you consider that in the self-publishing world, the definition of a "best seller" is anything that sells over 100 copies - then selling a couple of thousand is a huge ask.  You will need a lot of determination and either a good knowledge of marketing or the assistance of someone who knows the ropes.   And a great book, of course.

    1. carter06 profile image75
      carter06posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That's a great answer Marissa and well thought out. I think it is a lot of hard work & determination to self publish and promote your own work. The author I mentioned out it up online after many rejections & was lucky enough to sell over 300

  4. cmahan profile image83
    cmahanposted 6 years ago

    The short answer - yes.
    EL James - 50 Shade of Grey and Amanda Hocking are the most known right now.

    1. LABrashear profile image61
      LABrashearposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      50 Shades was self-published?

    2. cmahan profile image83
      cmahanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      50 Shades started as self published Twilight Fan Fiction. … ublishing/

  5. lovebuglena profile image86
    lovebuglenaposted 6 years ago

    I think it's possible. I think even a big traditional publisher may pick up your book if it was self-published, especially if it's sold well.


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