My publisher is a sweet black girl with big dreams, great uplifting communication skills, and yet we hit a road block where she decided to sever business ties with me. At first, I dreaded the thought of losing my publisher right before the release of my third book. I wanted to cry, but I began speaking to God and affirming what I wanted. When I prayed, meditated, and spoke with my manager… I realized maybe it wasn’t an issue to be separated from my original business partner.
I always felt short of glorious when communication. There were no marketing plans but orders to market. There were no early reviews and I didn’t know what I needed to do. I was informed to get help; I landed the best freaking media strategist, assistant, and manager a girl could ask for. They were knowledgeable asking the questions that I didn’t want to ask.
Yes, that’s often my problem. I do not want to deal with the anxiety of the drama, but Beyonce said it best “sometimes you have to be a bitch,” when it comes to your business. Anywho, we couldn’t agree on how to fix it and she decided to complete all that she was obligated to do within 30 days and move forward.
Tips for Signing a Publishing Deals
I’ve learned a few things from this experience. Here are tips to keep in mind when signing a publishing deal.
- Please have someone read and re-read your contract.
- Demand that the services that are supposed to be completed are completed.
- Do not allow anyone to have total control of any of your concepts or your art.
- Shop publishers and research their work.
In the end, she was a lovely publisher however ideas change people and folks cannot own up to their shit. Yes, I was not and am not perfect. I will not lie to you and create a lie but I wanted more for all my hard work so “T. of the WET Series” will be released on February 14, 2019, as an ebook with hard copy books released in March.
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