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Hey, How'd You: Self-Publish Your Way Into a Book Deal?

'Sometimes, the noble thing to do is to not give up,' says this novelist who parlayed rejection into self-publishing success, and reveals just how she did it

- June 14, 2007
Welcome to our new series, "Hey, How'd You Do That?" walking you through how those in the media industry navigated key professional junctures, achieved career-making coups, tackled spur-of-the-moment scenarios and made the decisions that furthered their work. In this first installment, we asked novelist Lynn Harris: How did you self-publish a book, then use it to land a deal with a major publisher for your second title?

Miss Media, my first novel, was set in 1999 during the dot-com gold rush and all the concomitant millennial angst. In the book, our heroine (Lola Somerville)...

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