If so, congratulations. But if you want to win the hearts and minds of editors and agents, you still have challenges. I hate to sound negative, but these days it’s tougher and tougher to persuade editors your book will sell.
One well-known publishing house expects the author to buy thousands of books. That’s a lot of books to try to sell or even distribute on your own! I know major corporations who scoff at the idea, so small business owners should seriously consider other options.
Other houses want to know how many hits your blog or web site generates. They might ask about your number of twitter followers, but if it isn’t in the five-digits, it’s likely not worth mentioning. They also want to know about your media contacts.
Which begs the question…if you don’t have a following, can you get a book deal? The odds don’t look good. But if you invest the time in cultivating a following, if you find ways to express your ideas in big rather than modest ways, maybe, just maybe, your proposal will be worth a second look.