Episode 224: “I’ll never get published!” [Writing Excuses]

Joe and I talk eyebrows, courgettes, and the perils of publishing. This week, your hosts demolish the myth that traditional publishing is the only way to become a published author. Sneak peek: it's not! Hurrah! Tune in to hear all about the benefits and pitfalls of trad publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing – and the differences between them.

Key Points

  • [6:40] Vicky and Joe played D&D with some friends!
  • [8:00] Do you feel like you’ll never get published?
  • [10:20] Traditional publishing might not be for everybody.
  • [17:25] If you find a hybrid publisher, be really careful.
  • [20:20] Want to self-publish? This is what you need to know.
  • [24:05] Struggling with print layout? Vicky can help you!
  • [25:00] Being a ‘published author’ is pure vanity for Vicky.
  • [25:30] Need help? Join Vicky’s power hour!

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About Vicky...

Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write life-changing books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she's not doing that, she's hanging from a trapeze by her feet.

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