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The Process to Find a Publisher

Here are the steps I will take over the next several months to publish my fiction book…

  1. I plan to submit query letters to literary agents in the next weeks. Unfortunately, a book lives or dies based on the 300-word query letter an author crafts to entice agents to be interested in his/her book.
  2. Most agents will reject the query – some will respond and some will not respond at all.
  3. Somewhere out there is an agent who will take a chance and ask for a read or a partial read. The most common requests are for the first ten pages, the first three chapters, or the entire book.
  4. After reading the book, an agent can either extend an offer to represent me, decline me with suggestions for improvements, or just decline me altogether.
  5. If an agent wants to represent me, then I sign a contract with them if I think they are a good fit. Typically, a contract means that they get 15% of my profit and that they will work to find a publisher. Agents don’t get paid anything unless I get published and paid.
  6. The agent submits my book to publishers, hoping to find one who will agree to publish the book.

This whole process can take a VERY LONG time. Some authors go through 100 agent queries before they find an agent. Then, there is not guarantee that the agent will find a publisher. Finally, it can take months or over a year between when a publisher agrees to publish a book and when it actually goes for sale.

My First Fiction Book is Coming…

After two years of self-publishing nonfiction books, I am excited to let the world know about my first fiction book!

I started writing it at the end of December 2018, and I am close to the place where I will be looking for friends and family who will be gracious enough to give me their feedback. (I will be ready for readers in just a few days.)

Unlike my previous nonfiction books, I am trying to publish this book the traditional route – finding an agent and then finding a publisher.

The process takes a LONG TIME and is almost always full of rejection after rejection. I’ve read of some successful authors who had over 100 agents reject their books before they finally found one agent who decided to take a chance on them.

So, what’s my book about?

In a nutshell, it is a young adult/new adult historical fiction book based on the true life of a 19-year-old boy who lived in the late Roman Empire. Nicholas lost everything he had – his parents, his wealth, his faith, his business, and even his girl, and in the process overcame his adversary to find his true purpose in life.

It has a little bit of romance, action, and adventure, and lot of soul-searching and discovering oneself.

I’m starting this new blog to chart my experiences in trying to get the book published, so please subscribe to it if you want to follow my journey.

And… if you are interested in being a part of the beta group who reads my book and gives me feedback before I submit it to agents, then let me know that too! I plan to have it available for readers within the next week and hope to get back my feedback within 2-3 weeks after that. After the beta group is done, the book will go into hiding until I find someone who will take a chance on publishing it.

Radio Silence

It’s been a month or so since I’ve shared any writing posts because I have been really focused on my next book.

This one will be different than anything I’ve written before – it is my first fiction book!

So, if you are one of the thousands of people who’ve read my travel books or Christian devotionals (it’s weird to say, but it is thousands!), then I hope you’ll join me on me next adventure in fiction.

It is fiction, though it is based on a true story. It has a touch of action and young love, and a theme of the main character figuring out who he is supposed to be in life.

More details very soon! …

Books added to Kindle Unlimited

I’ve just added most of my books to Kindle Unlimited.  Kindle Unlimited allows readers to purchase a monthly subscription, then read as many eBooks for free, as long as those books are enrolled in the program.

→Click here to check out the Kindle Unlimited program.

You can now read these books for free if you enroll in Kindle Unlimited:







FREE Easter Devotional

You can download my FREE Easter family devotional!

Written in the style of my family devotional book, Our Kids – Our Responsibility, this family devotional will help you teach your children about why we celebrate Easter.

As a bonus, it also includes the first week’s devotional from Our Kids – Our Responsibility.

You can download the eBook for FREE from me, Kobo, iBooks, Nook, and Google Play.  Unfortunately, it costs $0.99 for Kindle.

Learn more and download it at https://shortandsweetintroductions.com/easter/.