Getting Published 101

Getting Published Step 1: Writing your Novel

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Writing a novel is a complicated and oftentimes difficult process. It’s a never-ending learning curve. The best two pieces of advice we offer writers is this: read and write. Read! Writing a novel is a very complicated process, and one of the best ways to hone your writing skills is to read everything you can in the genre you’re writing. Not to copy it, but to study the style, voice, structure and character arcs. Start by reviewing these attributes of the bestselling books in your genre. The bestselling books are doing just that – they’re selling. And although writing is an art, at...

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Getting Published Step 2: Revising your Novel

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After you’re finished with your first draft, you’re ready to move into the second step of the process – revising. Now it’s time to get some feedback. Here are some tips to help you revise and perfect your manuscript so it’s ready for prime time: submitting to agents. Start by revising on your own Read through the full manuscript on your own and keep notes on the things that jump out at you that need to be fixed. Once you’re finished, go back through your notes and make the necessary changes Get a copy of SELF EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Rennie Browne and Dave King Then,...

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Getting Published Step 3: Finding a Literary Agent

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The agent’s role & why you need one A literary agent is your personal liaison to the publishing industry. He or she will work with you to perfect your manuscript, manage the submission process to publishers, negotiate your publishing contract, and provide general advice for your writing career. Agents also act as filters for publishers. They read queries and manuscripts from thousands of authors and pick out the ones they think are most likely to sell to publishers. This lets the publishers focus their attention on publishing and marketing and leave the time consuming process of finding...

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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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