I was at doing a signing a stall this weekend and was asked by a lovely lady what my Publishing Process was like and what I had to go through to get my novel published. Well mine is kind of a long story. TrUe CoLoUrS was written ten years ago but recently republished in February this year.
Around ten years ago after I had written the first copy of TrUe CoLoUrS I in my early twenties, pretty much broke and decided to try and self publish, that's why you might find old copies on the net. I've tried to get rid of most them, but they still linger in the world wide net.
Anyway, self publishing obviously didn't work after a year or two so I sent enquires out to every American publishing company I could find. A few got back to me and I young and naïve and thought I had made it, little did I know that they were amateur companies and took my money, sent me a alright cover - didn't edit the novel and I never saw one sale come from the books.
So I did nothing on trying to get published for several years and just wrote, because it's what I do. I managed to get five novels under my belt. Three different series. About a year ago I started looking at Publishing again, this time only Australia based publishing companies. I set out several enquires and got one pack from Shawline publishing, did a lot of internet stalking on the company - ask local writer groups if they had heard of them and their process and here we are. TrUe CoLoUrS is now published, properly edited - in communication with the publishing house and received a frame copy of my book cover. That's when I knew that they were legit and not just in it for the money.
So my advice to any budding novelist or writer out there - research. Do a ton of research, ask local writing groups on social media who they've used, who they would recommend. Trust me, it could save you thousands.
I'm always an opening ear if that advice is require on what not to do.
BP signing out.