Episode 25: Red Flags in Publishing

We all want to get our stories published which can make us eager to listen to anyone who says that they can help us get our books on shelves. Unfortunately, not everyone who says they can help have our success and best interest in mind. Some people want to prey on the vulnerable, take their money, and provide no real benefit to the author. I want to help you avoid being in this situation so today, we are talking all about red flags in publishing.


Getting our books published and on shelves is what most authors want but it’s not an easy journey to get there. It may be tempting to find an easy way to get your book published but I;m here to tell you to be careful and do your research. In this episode, I am talking about the three types of publishing, red flags to look for with people offering to help publish your book, and how to find reputable publishers.


Are you still unsure how to go about getting your book published? Schedule a coaching call where I can answer your questions or check out the Real Talk membership! Inside you’ll have access to monthly writing courses, weekly group calls with live edits, and personalized feedback and support! 


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In this episode we cover:

  • The 3 types of publishing
  • Why you should be skeptical of publishers reaching out to you
  • How to determine if the publisher can do what they say they can do for you
  • What to look out for in order to protect you and your book when working with a publisher
  • The importance of doing research on the quality of work of the publisher
  • Why you should look at the rates of publishers before working with them

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Making Money with Books

Episode 19: How to Find a Literary Agent


More about The Prologue: helping authors craft a stronger story

Welcome to The Prologue, with author coach, Arielle Hadfield.


You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book. This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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