I briefly mentioned this in my last post, but now it’s official: my nonfiction book Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year was just picked up by a traditional publishing company, Kenrose Media!
I have learned so much by publishing and promoting the book myself so far, but I’m super excited about where this new opportunity can take the book. It will remove some roadblocks for selling the book and give it the credibility and backing of a traditional publisher. I will still be doing a lot of promotional work myself, but now the path is clear and open. According to the publisher I was doing everything right to promote it myself (flattering and encouraging!), but I was discovering along the way that many doors were closed to me–even ones that in theory were open. My POD publisher was painfully slow to get my book into Baker & Taylor to make it available to libraries and bookstores, my options for cover design and layout were limited, and so on. Now we really get to see this book realize its potential!
Part of me feels like this is just a practice run, not the destination. That’s probably appropriate, because most authors have to write several books before really getting noticed. But who knows where this will lead? There certainly is a market out there for this book, and I’m having so much fun blogging and doing speaking engagements. So, now I ramp up to do the promotional work all over again, adding a few new to-dos to the marketing list and scaling up all promotional tools where possible. Wish me luck, and may you start checking big items off your bucket list early in the year, too.