Robin Colucci

Can You Sell a Self-Published Book to a Traditional Publisher?

Can You Sell a Self-Published Book to a Traditional Publisher


One common question that authors have is: “I have a self-published book, but can I sell it to a traditional publisher?”

The short answer is: Yes. But only if your book is killing it in sales. 

Unfortunately, most self-published authors who wonder about selling to a traditional publisher are struggling with sales and hope that getting picked up by a publisher will be the answer to all their woes. 

In episode #130 of The Author’s Corner, Robin reveals why publishers aren’t interested in buying the rights to most self-published books— and what you can do to increase your chances. 


Key takeaways:

  • The truth behind why publishers buy books from self-published authors
  • Why selling your book to a publisher won’t solve your problems with sales
  • How you can position yourself to sell to a traditional publisher
  • The magic number for book sales that most publishers want to see
  • How book sales are tracked and why it matters
  • And more!




About Robin Colucci:

Robin Colucci is the principal founder of World Changing Books. With over 3 decades of experience in journalism and the publishing industry, she is a multi-hyphenated professional—she’s a guide, mentor, and strategist for thought leaders ready to see their expertise and ideas become a lasting legacy that changes the world.

Under Robin’s expert guidance, World Changing Books has helped authors—from CEOs, astronauts, and Nobel laureates to emerging voices—secure over $6.3 million in advances in a mere 4 years. These authors have successfully landed deals with “Big 5” publishers, won prestigious awards, and earned bestseller statuses everywhere from Amazon to The New York Times.


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