Publishing Consultation

Together we can find the best option for you.


There is a lot to consider when it comes to publishing. Today, you can profitably self-publish with a reputable print-on-demand publisher. Or you can hire a hybrid publisher and enjoy a combination benefits. If your book has commercial potential and you have a relevant, compelling author platform you can look for a traditional publisher with the help of a literary agent or you seek a contract with a smaller publisher. So many choices!

I have published traditionally and I have self-published. I know both routes to publication firsthand. For the last twenty-five years I have also guided many new authors on their own journeys into publishing. Each route to publication has its pros and cons. It’s important to make an educated choice before diving in.

How to Self-Publish

If you want to self-publish, on a consultation call we can discuss what’s needed for a quality cover (front, back and spine), cover quotes, and obtaining ISBNs. I also consult on book titles, an essential sales component. I can help you put your book up on KDP (Amazon), and create an Amazon Author page. If you want to make your book available for order by libraries and bookstores, I’ll help you put your book up at IngramSpark as well as on Amazon. We can discuss what’s needed for the all-important book launch and create the timeline for pre-publication so you can be prepared for the big day and all that follows.

Finding an Agent or Small Publisher

If your book has commercial potential and you want to pursue acquiring an agent to represent your book or want to go directly to a small publisher you will need a solid list of reputable agents and appropriate small publishers. You will also need a quality query letter and you may also need a book proposal. I can help with all of it.

Publicity Is a Necessary Part of Publication

Traditional publishers have limited budgets for the books they publish every year. While you may get your book into brick and mortar bookstores and get some promotion of the book in its first weeks, when you publish with a traditional publisher you’ll still have much to do on your own to get the word out about your book. I am a good first step in getting a personalized publicity and marketing plan set-up. A plan can include blog tours, building a mailing list of interested readers, getting an author website, getting launched or better established on social media platforms, writing a one-sheet to send out with your book for reviews and talks.

A 1-hour consultation can save you a lot of time.