“The Revolution” Goes Trad

In the recent interview IR did with Alan Sepinwall, we asked if there had been any interest in his book, “The Revolution was Televised”, from a traditional publisher.

Alan answered, “Yes, I tried to go the traditional route about a year ago. There wasn’t much interest at the time. I got one offer, but it seemed like a half-hearted one where the publisher didn’t seem to believe there’d be much of an audience for the book, and where they wanted something other than what I was pitching.

What a difference a year–and a glowing review in The New York Times makes.

As reported yesterday by Dave Itzkoff in his post, “Stay Tuned: A Self-Published Book About TV Gets a Major Publishing Pick-Up“, the best selling indie title was picked up by the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Touchstone is planning its release of “The Revolution Was Televised” shortly, with a paperback edition planned for the early spring and an e-book edition possibly coming earlier.

  • An inspirational story for us indie-published authors!

  • Things like this convince me even more that my best strategy is to edit my novel until it’s perfect, then self-publish and move on to the next novel. I have a job teaching, and I value it greatly. If my book is good enough, I have faith it will find its own (probably small) audience. I don’t want to waste time and energy crafting queries and trying to self-publicize.

    I’m setting a goal of $2,000 profit on my first novel. I’ll move the goal post if I beat it. I’d rather get a small audience of happy readers than get an ego boost by getting traditionally published and risk not meeting their expectations for me.

    I have the kids to mold and don’t expect to be lucky enough to hit it big. It’d be nice, but too many people are chasing the same dream.