Friday, July 19, 2013

Dee Ann Waite Making Penguins Fly with Queries and Writing

Part 2 of the Penguins Fly Series
on Queries and Writing
by: Stevie McCoy
Guest Author: Dee Ann Waite
Want to start with reading the first in the Penguins Fly Series on self-publishing vs small press?


Writers are out there submitting queries like mad penguins – dressed to impress and waddling for a chance to fly – but for today’s writer, Dee Ann Waite, (Author of "The Consequential Element") she had the contract in hand from a traditional press and still decided self-publishing was the best bet for her.

An agent from New York raved about Dee Ann Waite's, "writing style and voice, praised [her] future as a writer, and told [her] that [she] had her captivated right from the beginning." She signed with that agent and then she quit the agency. "That's the life of a writer, no certainties in this industry, " said Dee Ann. Wow! Not only did she find an agent that was on her side and excited for her novel, but then lost her all in one foul swoop. Talk about writer drama.

Writers have stories from all phases in their career but the writer's attitude makes all the difference. When Dee Ann struggled on her route towards traditional publishing she said that not one of the rejections from agents, etc. ever made her doubt her choice to write. "As a writer, you have to understand that there are people – let it be agents, publishers, or readers – that are going to love you, and some who will not. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, including me. I believe in my skill set as an author and in my success as one, too."

Dee Ann was even willing to show us her winning query letter that won her a contract with a small press publisher; however, she did turn that down for the route of self-publishing. (Check out her reasons why on the previous Penguins Fly post.)

Dee Ann Waite's partial query letter:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dee Ann Waite is Making Penguins Fly with Self-Publishing - Part 1



Part 1 of the Penguins Fly Series
on self-publishing versus small press traditional publishing 
by: Stevie McCoy
Guest Author: Dee Ann Waite


Writers are out there submitting queries like mad penguins – dressed to impress and waddling for a chance to fly – but for today’s writer, Dee Ann Waite, (Author of "The Consequential Element") she had the contract in hand from a traditional press and still decided self-publishing was the best bet for her. 

When I asked why she turned down her traditional small press contract she said, “Control: With the traditional route I would have had to give up the rights to my book, both hard copy and ebook format, for a minimum of two years.” Certainly a big thing to give up when signing a contract and it’s good to evaluate all avenues before signing anything. Some small presses end up going belly-up if they don’t have enough revenue to stay in the game. Most small presses are ran by literary enthusiasts who just love and want to support the arts. Publishing houses can’t run on love alone and sometimes they end up closing before the release of their signed titles, meaning signing a two-year contract can entail that you have to wait that long before submitting your work to another press for consideration, even if they close their operations. 

Traditional publishing also means Dee Ann Waite would have, “only [received] 35% royalties, and [she would’ve] had to do upwards of 60% of the marketing to get the word out.” That is another difference between the traditional and self-publishing route. How much effort will the publishing house be placing into your marketing campaign and is that worth the decrease in royalties? Dee Ann said,