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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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game plan
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?


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 Net

Agent Query

Writer’s Beware (What’s the deal with fees?)

How to get their attention

Elevator Pitch

Comparative Genre

Query Letters (Examples: 1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Writers Guilds/Associations: Find your Network!
  • NH Writer’s Project,
  • NH Writers Online Magazine,
  • Seacost Writers Association,
  • New England Outdoor Writer’s Association,
  • New England Horror Writers,
  • New England Science Writers,
  • Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators,
  • Romance Writers of America New England Chapter
preparing a book manuscript
Preparing a Book Manuscript
  • Break the project into manageable chunks.
  • Follow the author guidelines from the publisher. (Suggestion: Prepare a sheet listing the main points to remember.)
  • Set aside times to write.
  • Before resuming writing, reread or edit a section you already have written, to help maintain a consistent voice and style.



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

Financial reward


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.



Total control

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,

finding a publisher
Finding a Publisher
  • Look for publishers with books on topics related to yours.
  • In general, seek university presses or commercial scholarly publishers.
  • Assess the quality of books from the publisher.
  • If feasible, consult authors of books from the publisher.
helping to market the book
Helping to Market the Book
  • Completing an author questionnaire—for example, identifying
    • Relevant organizations
    • Conferences at which to publicize the book
    • Relevant journals publishing book reviews
  • Possibly giving presentations, being interviewed, producing podcasts, etc

About the Book/Author

Press Releases/Direct Mail

Book Signings

Resource Libraries

Get Listed

Amazon, Books in Print


Author websites (Example: Alice Hoffman, Khaled Hosseini )

On line book reviews (, 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

Traditional Networking

Book Clubs, Writers Guilds, Story Submissions

Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube