The Business of Publishing
The rest of the story…
Once you complete the "beta" process, you now know a lot more about publishing. The down side: it's a major commitment of your time, in fact a new career. The upside, if you've already been planning or writing a sequel, or other books in the same category, then you have much better control over your career with your own publishing operation. This is your second major decision point. Don't do it half-heartedly.
But if you're serious, then start immediately making your own lists— compare rates, look for recommendations. Look into these additional resources:
consultants (designing an v promotion strategy within a budget)
agents (each agency has relationships with just a few publishers)
small publishers (these are your competition— or your colleagues)
large publishers (when you have a track record of significant sales)
professional reviewers (some of these charge a fee)
contests open to self-publishers, as of June 2015 (no guarantees, but these seem legit)
freelance marketers (take out your wallet)
Just as a reminder, the illustrators and editors listed here are independent contractors; they are not employed by Beta Books. If you like the work of any individual, throw some business their way; build a relationship.
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