Publishing Novels: Why I Like My Way

September 2003
by Marian Coe

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When I left my newspaper job at the St. Petersburg Times to try a second career as a fiction writer, I decided not to wait for New York’s conglomerate-owned publishers to recognize me as a novelist.

As a journalist attending writers’ workshops, I knew the facts of publishing life. It could take years, and luck, to get inside the door of a big-name publisher. At 50+, I figured I didn’t have time to wait. With that decision made, I went forward without an agent, studying the craft and writing instead.
Today I have four award-winning novels out; the newest one–Key To A Cottage,An Intimate Story of Confessions and Discoveries–is being reviewed as a good choice for women’s book clubs, and I’m currently at work on a fifth novel. All my previous titles are steady sellers when bookstores order and put them on the shelves. As a result, I often get invitations to speak at libraries, stores, festivals, and major book fairs. I find that’s the best way to sell books, though I am now with Biblio Distribution and my titles are available from Ingram and Baker & Taylor.

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When I began publishing under the SouthLore Press label, it was long before the invitations to get in print via POD surfaced for the many others who also found the New York doors hard to get through. I haven’t changed my approach to go that route. What I do–contract with prof…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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