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REJECTED – To Self Publish or not to Self Publish

I received my first rejection from a publisher this week.

I thought there would be much wailing and knashing of teeth but twas not so. Surprisingly, I actually feel like a real writer now. After years of reading about how books like Harry Potter and Gone with the Wind were rejected over and over, I am in good company.

Was I shocked that my masterpiece was overlooked? Not really. How many training books are out there who have not been written by some famous trainer or are endorsed by a celebrity? Not many.

My book is a 12-week training challenge aimed at women over 40, but would still provide a great workout for most people. It had a ‘hook’ which I thought would work in my favour and my writing tutor thought it was a great idea so I am not disheartened and will soldier on.

I sent it straight to a publisher as it is non-fiction and was informed that an agent was not as necessary for non-fiction. However, I may send it off to a consultant to help with the layout etc.

Of course, now that self-publishing is so accessible and straight forward, I could go down that route. Unfortunately, I am not very technically minded and as the book would require photos, graphics, tip boxes etc I think I may leave this as my last resort.

I will try and look for others who have self published non-fiction books to find out how they got on.



I have been a Personal Trainer for about 23 years and I still love training and the buzz it gives me but writing has always been a part of my life. I think I wrote my first book at the age of 10. My grandmother said I would be a novelist one day and she was right - as all grandmothers often are! I live with my boyfriend Carl, we have 2 huskies who make us laugh every day, except when pulling us into bushes to chase after squirrels! I have also written a Diet and Fitness book for women over 40.

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