I'll never forget my first phone call with a major literary agent. My TEDx talk had been selected by Global TED to be featured on their YouTube channel for the day and boom! The phone began ringing, mostly because I had seeded some pretty incredible relationships while waiting for the talk to premiere.
I'll also never forget a year later when that same literary agent said "Your proposal is great, your sample chapters are amazing. But. The game has changed. Instead of needing 15k followers to get a book deal, you need 50k. And I don't think you can get there. We're done."
Wait, you're saying my marketing plan is on point AND I have a great product, but because I don't have a billion followers (which can be bought for goodness sake! so it's a BS metric), I can't publish my book?!
Watch me. I went on to form my own publishing company and I've started to publish other LGBTQ+ authors in the realms of memoir, business, self-help, and other...
We wanted LGBTQ+ business and self-empowerment books to support our goal of reducing suicide and homelessness in our community.
The “big publishers” said there wasn’t a big enough market. If LGBTQ+ authors wanted to get a traditional publishing contract, they had to figure out a way to get at least 50k followers to justify the “investment”.
We said, “Thank u, Next.” and created our own publishing company.
Pride and Joy Publishing is proud to announce our very first publication, Thriving in Business: Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Entrepreneur. This book is a compilation of the best tips and heartfelt advice from successful queer entrepreneurs around the world. 14 new friends are waiting to support YOU and your business goals.
Pride and Joy Publishing has set a goal to reach Bestseller Status in the first two days of its launch. This will set the book on a powerful trajectory and Amazon...
Hannah Lee Kidder is a contemporary and fantasy author. She grew up in rural Louisiana, which inspired a dabble in escapism via make-believe worlds where gay kids have a good time.
Hannah is also a content creator, writing coach, and consultant. Her real-life escapism brought her somewhere in the Colorado mountains where she lives with her roommate, Saya, who is a dog.
She will be speaking on Influencer Day, for the Getting Published Panel Discussion of the Pride and Joy Summit.