You want to get a publishing contract? Inkitt could be the solution

I have, like many other aspiring authors, approached dozens, if not hundreds of agents, hoping they would promote my novel Deep & Meaningless to a publisher. Like many others I have also received as many polite rejections.

At the end of last year, I came across Inkitt. The brainchild of Ali Albazaz, its aim is simple – to give all authors a shot at a publishing contract. To do so, you simply have to upload your manuscript and then pimp it out across as many channels as you can. The Inkitt algorithm then looks at how your book is being received and if you rate highly enough, you win a monthly contest and Bob’s your uncle, Inkitt will offer you a publishing contract.

Sounds straightforward enough. One drawback is that if you have already self-published and sell your book on Amazon, Kobo etc, it that you move from getting (occasionally) paid for a copy, to giving it away for free. In the words of my friend and proponent of Deep & Meaningless, Chris Wheal (@Whealie) “Why for free? Its a good book. Worth paying for.”

And I believe him. I think it is good, it does have value. But convincing people of that takes publicity. And perhaps the value of Deep & Meaningless is that if I get enough people to read it for free, it might get noticed – it might get me noticed. If I don’t win the Inkitt book of the month and contract, perhaps someone else will spot it and away we go.

So I recommend everyone gives Inkitt a go – what have you got to lose? Just not this month. This month, vote for Deep & Meaningless. Read Deep & Meaningless for free on Inkitt. https://www.inkitt.com/stories/drama/190476?utm_source=shared_web

 

About Niall Hunt

Niall Hunt was born in the shadow of the Cotswolds and brought up in the Vale of Evesham. He is an award-winning journalist and now lives and works in London. Deep & Meaningless is his first novel. His second work, Time Bomb, is under way.

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