The Aaland Agency
P. O. Box 849, Inyokern, CA 93527-0849 760-384-3910 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: The-Aaland-Agency.com
To fly, you need wings, hence the photo on our first page. To sell your manuscript, you need a plan that works. The purpose of this section is to enlighten the author concerning the publishing business in general and, specifically, the convoluted nature of what goes on behind the scenes in the publishing world.
Things have changed a great deal since the rise of the Internet (circa 1985) and, more to the point, since the majority of people worldwide have switched to the Internet for getting their news.
A bit of background: When the majority of people around the globe were not using the Internet on a daily basis (pre-1998 or so), literary agents received authors’ manuscripts via USPS, Fed Ex or UPS. Conversely, authors received information from literary agents by the same method. In short, this was the way things worked as to how authors made choices concerning which agency they would go with to have their work submitted to publishers. All that started to change in the late 1990s. Seemingly overnight, the Internet took over where instant communication (cell phone; laptop; desktop) was the rule as well as the ability to email large word-count manuscripts back and forth as file attachments, and all this "for free." The Internet, then, has virtually put the U. S. Post Office out of business.
Today people all over the globe get their news via the Internet or cell phones, not newspapers. The day will come, and soon, when the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Washington Post (and so on) will no longer be in business, at least not the way they have been conducting daily affairs before the mid '90s. Some would say that benchmark has already arrived. One thing is for sure, the day of Randolph Hearst is over.
We circumvent this bottleneck. The English-speaking world is composed of the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, India and a goodly percentage of the demographics in other locales, totaling somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.0 billion people. A smart analysis of how to get the job done takes into consideration these variables. We can make this work for you because we've done it and are doing it.
The story you have written, if good enough, will sell if enough people worldwide know it's out there! That said, we need to see your manuscript to make a determination if what you have created is something that might sell worldwide. You don't have to be Einstein to figure out that a miniscule number of the total demographics of 3.0 billion people is a sizable amount of money. Are you seeing the big picture now?
If you have what it takes, let's see it.
It costs you nothing to have us take a look. The most difficult step of any journey is the first one.
How is this a losing situation?
Numerous methods are out there that disguise themselves as "publishing," none of which are worth five cents of your time. Why? They are vanity in nature and do not produce an end product THAT PUTS MONEY IN YOUR POCKET. A garage full of books stacked five columns high to the overhead is useless if they can't be marketed. Giving away free copies to your friends gets tiresome and doesn't work either, never has, never will.
(1) You have to have a product worth selling and (2) You need a large market that knows your product (book) is out there. That's what works.
Regarding failed attempts in the past to have your work picked up by a major publisher, don't blame everything on those publishing houses. Every so often they do publish an unknown author's manuscript, a writer new to the marketplace, so it's not true that it never happens. But here is the rub: Good works often go unnoticed, unheralded and tossed in the circular file never to be heard from because "the system" does not prevent this from happening! Why? Publishing house decisions are not always correct ones. It's the system that's at fault, not the publishing house, and not your manuscript!
Once you realize this is what plays out, you give up, throw in the towel and wonder all over again how a few others did it under the same seemingly impossible odds.
Wonder no more. We have a solution. An answer is available and lies in taking a hard look at worldwide demographics. The answer is a plan to take advantage of the obvious. U.S. publishing houses find it hard to make a substantial investment in a first-time author beyond a limited plan of local U.S. marketing.