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Ten Things I learned from Publishing King of the Class



I wrote this post back in 2013 and it's fascinating for me to read now. The landscape has changed so much in five years that I felt compelled to repost.

Yet, much of it remains spot on #2, #4, #8 #9 and did I mention #4?

It also serves as a prompt for me to write a "Ten Things I learned from Publishing Passport Control" post at the end of this year.

  1. Target freelancers for reviews. I spent hours emailing publications I felt shared my target audience. Hands-down most of them ignored me or sent me polite 'no' emails. When I discovered the freelancers who sell regularly to these publications, I had far more success. Find them by clicking on contributors' names.
  2. Only no means no. Perseverance works. No answer does not mean no. Once in a while I'd get an email: "Good for you for not giving up. I was so busy with X, but now I'd be happy to read your book".
  3. Everybody knows somebody. At first I only asked some friends for contacts in the media industry. I learned to ask everyone. Do not pre-judge. You need reviews, so ask everyone about their friends in the media industry.
  4. Expect nothing. I was wrong to assume some people would happily forward emails, post on Facebook and generally help spread the word about King of the Class. Meanwhile strangers I met online and others I barely knew went the extra mile (thank you again!) for me. Assumptions will only cause needless disappointment.
  5. You can't do it all well and simultaneously. I received many well-meaning tips to use every social media, hire a publicist, you get the idea. Try new things, but ultimately do what you are good at and what you enjoy and not all at once.
  6. Don't forget to write. Writers write. Turning yourself into a full-time marketer is OK temporarily (set a real deadline), but don't lose your identity or risk your health to sell one more book.
  7. Update all previous posts. The links are already there. Don't waste them. If you're a writer who has previously published articles and blog posts, email those editors. Every one I contacted was happy to update old posts with my book link, even posts that were years old.
  8. Fortune favors the bold. Don't fall into the trap of 'how can I possibly ask them'. You have no idea what any publication takes into consideration when they are approached. Try them. I did and received a few pleasant surprises.
  9. It can be hard to internalize that your control is limited. The only recipe for success is to enjoy what you're doing, regardless of the outcome. See it as an adventure and lower your expectations.
  10. Use Linked-In. I read the contacts of my contacts until my eyes were falling out of their sockets. Yes, it's tedious. I limited it to ten hours. When I found someone who might potentially give me a review, I asked my contact for an introduction and met with success. 
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