As an undergraduate english major that transferred from engineering, I don’t have much knowledge on the publishing process. This class was me trying to step up and learn a few things. I have submitted some work to the cypress dome magazine, but I am still super anxious when it comes to publishing anything. I want to take some time in this post to go over some of the things I have learned about publishing, on any level for the literary writer.
Here I made a list for you:
- Write your work: Whether you are writing a novel, short story, poetry, etc, you want to have something tangible before you start looking to be published
- Think about your audience and research the market that caters to it: Basically, do your homework, you can’t just call a publishing company and see if they would be interested in what you are working on. Find a publisher that is looking for what you are selling
- Prepare a professional manuscript: Also goes along with doing your homework, and it should follow: KISS- keep it simple, silly. Don’t have fancy fonts (12inch Times New Roman), double spaced, one inch margins, nice paper,(the whole nine yards…), etc. Hardcopy, and electronic.
- Send it in
- Keep writing
- Don’t give up
I know this is a rudimentary list and seems self explanatory, but I like to see things written down for me.
Anything to add?
I have a few links below, some sources and some interesting reads.
Interview with a writer: http://blog.longreads.com/2015/02/03/taking-the-slow-road-an-interview-with-author-katherine-heiny/
Three questions asked when writing a book proposal: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/3-questions-to-ask-when-writing-a-book-proposal
Ten steps toward finding a publisher: http://www.writing-world.com/publish/tensteps.shtml
Dirty Little Secrets: http://www.copyblogger.com/book-publishing-secrets/