So, You Want to be a Writer?. Now What?. Game Plan. Does my work need to be edited? Do I need an Agent? How can I get my book published? How do I promote my book?. Editing. Professionally edited manuscript is a must What do we mean by editing? Who can help? References/Permissions.
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Does my work need to be edited?
Do I need an Agent?
How can I get my book published?
How do I promote my book?
Professionally edited manuscript is a must
What do we mean by editing?
Who can help?
Do I Need One
How do I find them
Reference (Hermann’s guide, Writer’s Market)
Association of Author’s Representatives
Writer’s Beware (What’s the deal with fees?)
How to get their attention
Query Letters (Examples: 1, 2, 3, 4)
A traditional publisher gives you added credibility.
Publishers do all the editing, design and printing. Manuscripts may go through levels of editing and have an anonymous peer review.
Help with distribution and some marketing/promotion
Publishers are not typically great marketers, and their promotion of non-fiction books is minimal, but they do publish catalogues, which they send to bookstores etc. It is still up to you, the author to promote and market your book.
You pay a portion of sales to publisher
Publishing rights, you may not own ISBN
You don’t make much money from royalties, unless your book is a best-seller.
You keep all the proceeds
You keep all the rights
No advance, you risk your own money
Will require a lot of energy and time to do all marketing and promotion
Harder to get reviews
Bigger bookstores may not stock POD books because they cannot be returned
Average POD books sell less than 50 copies
You won’t have direct sales support
May not be quality materials and presentation
Sources: Creativity Blog, SFAW POD publishing services, Huffington Post,
About the Book/Author
Press Releases/Direct Mail
Amazon, Books in Print
Author websites (Example: Alice Hoffman, Khaled Hosseini )
On line book reviews (Goodreads.com, The Reader’s Advisor, Book Lust)
Local blogs about books (Books Complete Me, Book Notes NH, River Run Bookstore Blog)
Book Trailers: Drover, R.A. Salvatore
Book Clubs, Writers Guilds, Story Submissions
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube