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Getting Published Step 4: Submitting to Publishers

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Once you’ve signed with an agent, your agent will then submit your book to editors at publishing houses and try to get you a sale. Here’s an overview of how the publisher submission process works. After signing with your agent, she will probably ask you to revise your manuscript based on her notes. Once your agent believes your manuscript is in “sellable” shape, she will create a submission list of editors and publishing houses that she believes are looking for books like yours. Your agent will then query those editors and send your manuscript to them. You’ll wait while the editors...

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Getting Published Step 5: Selling your Novel

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Once your agent sells your book to a publisher two very exciting things will eventually happen. Your book will release in bookstores and you’ll get paid! Getting Paid Authors typically get paid in two ways: Advances Royalties An advance is a sum of money paid up front for your book. Officially it is an “advance on future earnings,” meaning it’s the amount of money the publisher thinks your book will earn in royalties. This also means that technically you owe the amount of your advance to the publisher. And they will recoup this amount by keeping your royalties until the advance is...

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How to Search Amazon and B&N for Best Sellers

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One of the best ways to understand what’s selling in the publishing industry is quite simply to read. Specifically, you want to read the current best selling books from your genre. The best selling books are doing just that – they’re selling! Reading and studying the makeup of these books will help you discover new tips and tricks that will help you write books that sell. Here’s how to look them up on two of the most popular online booksellers, which both offer powerful search functions that will help you zero in on your targets: Amazon.com 1. From the Amazon home...

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The Impact of E-Books on New Authors

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E-books have been a game changer for the modern day author. With printing and distribution costs nearly eliminated, the once high hurdles to get published are now more like speed bumps, opening up the world of being a “published author” to thousands of more writers per year than the traditional path could ever handle. Numerous self-publishing, e-book publishing and print-on-demand companies have sprung up to help authors publish their work. On one hand, these companies are making it much easier on authors. But on the other, the numerous options available have made the process...

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Top 5 Reasons You Need an Agent

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If there’s one question we get from aspiring authors more than all other questions combined it’s this: “Do I need an agent?” The short answer is: YES! You definitely need an agent. Can a novel be sold without one? Yes, it’s possible. Do we recommend it? Absolutely not. Why not? Well, I’ll get into that later in this section, but first let’s talk about what an agent is and what they do. Literary agents represent authors. They are your liaison and connection with the publishing industry. They negotiate on your behalf, they pitch your ideas to publishers, they match you with the...

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