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10 Writing Resources: Traditional Publishing

10 Writing Resources: Traditional Publishing

TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING There are approximately 24,594 articles and blog entries out there about traditional vs. indie publishing, so if you’re looking for that debate this post won’t help you much. Instead, I’ve focused on hunting up some good links to give you the low-down on what you might need to know about how traditional publishing works.

From publishing house basics to tips on researching literary agents, these links will help you get educated about the traditional publishing journey.

Enjoy!

1. How a Book Gets Published

How a Book Gets Published

For a first time author, a book generally starts with a completely finished and polished manuscript for fiction and memoirs… Yes, novelists: you have to write the whole thing.

2. 25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition

25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition

What follows is the quickest, dirtiest, most simple route to writing a novel and getting it published by a traditional publisher, which I accomplished from my own couch in Atlanta while nursing a baby and having neither an MFA nor any previous contacts in publishing.

3. Strive Always for Normalness!: My Advice for Super New, Unagented Writers

Strive Always for Normalness!: My Advice for Super New, Unagented Writers

Okay. So you finished your manuscript. What now? … You must know the answers to the following questions before you do anything with that manuscript…

4. Before Writing a Query Letter: Preparing to Submit Fiction to Agents and Editors

Before Writing a Query Letter: Preparing to Submit Fiction to Agents and Editors

If you’ve opted to get your book traditionally published, you’ll need to send query letters in order to land a publishing deal, but should you query agents? Editors? Publishing houses?

5. What an Agent Does & Does Not Do

What an Agent Does & Does Not Do

The agent in this partnership has a certain number of clear-cut duties. Yet there are also things you shouldn’t expect. Here are some things a literary agent does and doesn’t do.

6. Nine Ways to Find the Agent You Need

Nine Ways to Find the Agent You Need

Finding agents is easier than ever. Here are nine ways to do it: 1. Your writing community: Writers and other publishing pros can recommend agents.

7. 8 Tips From Literary Agents About How to Get Published

8 Tips From Literary Agents About How to Get Published

I have heard a lot of tips about the finding-an-agent process over the years. However, as I sifted through the questions and answers in the Writer’s Digest discussion board, I was happy to stumble upon some new advice.

8. What is the Editing Process Like with a Traditional Publishing House?

What is the Editing Process Like with a Traditional Publishing House?

I had a deadline written into my contract. Book three is due on this date. And so I worked on that book, finished it, and rewrote it as much as I could, right up to that deadline. Then I sent it in to my editor. Here is page one from that draft.

9. Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

How do you get a traditional publisher? You have to persuade them to accept your work and offer you a contract. You can do this by pitching them via mail or at a conference, or by finding a literary agent.

10. How Agents Really Read Your Novel Submission

How Agents Really Read Your Novel Submission

In working with authors — often after they’ve received multiple rejection letters — I’ve realized that many of them send their novel submissions out into the publishing world prematurely. They know they have to grab an agent’s attention, but don’t exactly know how.

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