Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

Start by doing what’s necessary. Then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Saint Francis of Assisi

We have a new rising Canadian Author who got a multimillion-dollar deal for her debut novel, “The Push.” It is a story that makes my heart sing. She isn’t a celebrity author, she’s an author whose deal is based on the worth of her novel with a two-book deal and movie rights. She wrote the novel while on maternity leave. The Push, by Ashley Audrain, was released on January 5, 2021. 

It might be a great time to be a Canadian author. Agents and publishers might be looking for other authors to sign. It might also be a time to watch for scams. I got an email from an author that connected with me on LinkedIn. He thought he was offered a deal with a traditional publisher. They offered an advance, they would look after the editing, they would set the price, etc.

He got his 50 cent advance in a cheque they sent to him after he’d signed the contract giving them exclusive rights to all books he published for seven years. This publisher, is I believe no longer in business. They didn’t edit his book, they just published it as he sent it in, and priced his book extremely high. After the seven years went by and he got out of that deal he decided to go with another publisher, this time an independent publisher and felt he got ripped off again.

There are a few things we need to know as authors, or just generally in life. There is no free lunch. No one wants to do something for us for nothing. When it works we are doing something for them and they are doing something for us. In a traditional publishing deal, the publisher takes all the risk, invests all the money, pays an advance and the author gets no royalties until the advance is paid off. When we deal with a publisher the deal was they “bought” our book. This means we don’t own it anymore. Whether a deal is good or bad may not be evident until someone becomes a star. Could they have become a star without that deal?

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. Stephen King

As an independent author, we pay all the costs, we hire the editor and pay them, we make our own cover or pay someone to do it. We do the work to get it published, we publicize it. We get paid royalties right from the start on every book we sell and we can buy copies we don’t get royalties on to sell personally.

There are many companies offering to help us become Indy authors. We need to know what we are signing up for when we make a deal with anyone for anything. What are they expecting from us, and what are we expecting from them?

Once we sign a contract, it’s a contract and we have to abide by it. If we independently publish on Amazon we are not tied to them, they get a cut of what we sell on Amazon and we get a royalty. We can sell our EBook exclusively on Kindle unlimited and get the added readership that gives us, or we can publish our EBook on other platforms. We can leave at any time. We need to make sure we know what we are signing, what we are expecting, and what is expected of us.

Most of us can’t afford the services of a publicist in the beginning and many of us won’t be good at being our own publicist. We may find being an Indy author is a hard job, and keeping all our balls in the air is challenging. There are people willing to do every job that needs doing, but every one of them needs to be paid. Many successful artists are part of a well-oiled machine that makes them successful. It is hard to do this on our own.  There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”

I was reading that there is a word for friend in some language that means, “I like you, but I wouldn’t want to hunt with you.” Who we choose to work with and work for will impact our lives. When we choose to only work with ourselves it will also impact our life. Choices are all around us. Do we want to go alone or go together, and who are we choosing for the trip?

Dreams can come true, life is a series of choices, and every choice has its consequence.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

I am thankful for all of those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. Albert Einstein

Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece. Ralph Charell

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