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The self-publishing revolution has made it possible for passionate writers with a message and a story to tell to see their work in print.
But many of the gifts that publishing success claims to promise—income, recognition, a large, passionate readership, mainstream media coverage—remain elusive to most self-published writers.
While courses claim to offer the secrets to self-publishing success, the fact is that mainstream publishing houses still hold the “keys to the kingdom” for virtually all aspiring authors.
Here are a few of the key differences between self-publishing and publishing:
For the first time ever, we've agreed to work with a small selection of just 10 authors of nonfiction works who have either already self-published one or more books and/or have a new manuscript in progress, and help you take your writing career to the next level.
Our Story: Exisle Publishing was founded in the early 1990s with the mission of giving a voice to writers whom the mainstream often overlooked. Ironically, we've since become something of a mainstream publisher ourselves, with branches in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. But we haven't forgotten our roots, and our mission. With Exisle Academy we want to guide people who have a message, who have something to say, but who may not yet have the knowledge, experience and industry contacts, along the path to making their book the success it deserves to be.
Here's what some of our recent students have said:
"I contacted the publisher lead you gave me and I followed your pitch process and things seem to be working! You're a legend!"
- 2020 Exisle Academy Student
"Your advice about injecting craziness into the story, to have fun with it and build up on characterization, and to also allow for a more simple use of language, makes complete sense."
2020 Exisle Academy Student
Most authors are familiar with the feeling of sending out dozens, maybe hundreds of pitch letters, knocking on doors with your manuscript, and hearing nothing back.
Maybe you’ve received a few “offers”... but something about them seemed fishy. So you decided to go it alone. And while it’s amazing to see your work in print, you know your writing is not yet having the impact that it deserves.
Here’s why it’s so hard to break into the publishing mainstream:
Reason #1: The numbers! There are over 15,000 new books published every year in English alone. This makes publishing one of the most competitive industries in the world. Most publishing houses (and Exisle Publishing is no exception) accept barely 1% of the manuscripts we receive.
Reason #2: Financial risk. While there are some so-called “publishers” who make authors pay for all or some of the production costs, real publishing houses - those whose brands are respected, who last in the industry, and have strong relationships with bookstores and reviewers - accept all of the financial risk. This means they are often quite cautious about what to publish.
The fact is, publishers see books quite different to authors. With this mentorship program, we’ll give you the “secret goggles” that will allow you to see your book through the eyes of a publisher. This will give you the power to make the strategic tweaks you need to leap over the competition, and see your work in print.
You’re a writer. This means you should be writing.
You don’t also have to wear the hat of marketer, salesperson, printing export, logistics expert, social media expert, finance expert, publicist, designer, typesetter, proofreader, editor… and the list goes on.
With this unique mentorship program, we will take 10 authors with existing works that are either currently self-published or in manuscript form, and work with you one on one to help you overcome any impediments that may have been holding you back from mainstream success.
Please note: While we cannot guarantee that your work will be picked up by a mainstream publisher, we will do everything we can to help you optimize for success, based on our 30 years of being a successful mainstream publisher ourselves. No matter the outcome, this will result in more clarity, confidence and impact with your books and your message.
Here are a few things you will learn…
Optimized For Your Success: Whether You Want to Focus on Enhancing Your Current Books, Have a Manuscript that is Ready to Go, or You’re Looking Forward to Your Next Book, You’ll Receive Bespoke Coaching That Speaks to YOUR Goals.
As well as these formal contacts, it is Exisle Academy’s practice to have an additional informal set of communications with our clients including emails and sometimes the additional phone call. You will be part of our family, at least for a while, and we will make your success our #1 priority.
This mentorship program gives you direct access to a senior Exisle Publishing executive who will serve as your personal publishing mentor. Taking the time to understand your goals and message, they will help you overcome impediments to mainstream publication. This program covers both the creative and commercial aspects of publishing - whatever your goals, our team is here to help you fulfil them.
What happens now: Within 48 hours of sign-up, an Editorial Administrator will contact you and send your our Author Survey. Please take the time to complete this with as much detail as possible, letting us know about your current works and future plans. You can also now send through any manuscripts and digital copies of self published works (if applicable). Based on your answers and materials, you will be assigned a personal mentor from our executive publishing team. You and this mentor will connect, and begin the process of working together to bring your authorial dreams to life.
Who is eligible: Writers of nonfiction works for adults, including memoir, autobiography, self-help, history, philosophy, narrative nonfiction, travel, etc. You may have already self-published one or more works, but this is not essential. We are open to working with authors at any stage of their current writing and publishing journeys.
Secure Your Place Today:
For VIP Support, Please Contact Exisle Academy Program Coordinator Nathan Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org