Publishing 101: A First-Time Author's Guide to Getting by Jane Friedman

By Jane Friedman

No matter if you’ve entire your manuscript or simply have the seeds of a publication suggestion, PUBLISHING one hundred and one exhibits you the way to method editors and brokers together with your paintings, whereas averting the typical pitfalls of first-time authorship. skilled editor and writer Jane Friedman deals insights from greater than 15 years of engaged on either side of the table, and gives step by step suggestion on: • comparing the industrial power in your paintings • discovering and drawing close editors and brokers professionally • getting ready question letters and booklet inspiration fabrics • advertising and selling your paintings successfully • holding your rights and stay away from infringing on others’ rights, and • knowing the self-publishing and booklet market—and if it’s the fitting direction for you. PUBLISHING one zero one describes the dramatic adjustments underway within the publishing undefined, as publication revenues bring up and actual bookstores reduce in quantity. those alterations impact how authors get booklet deals—meaning try to be ready to evolve to a risk-averse in the course of a time of uncertainty. steer clear of frustration—don’t embark at the submission strategy with no being absolutely informed approximately how the works. You’ll greater concentration some time and effort, bring up your probabilities of good fortune, and discover ways to decipher the language of execs.

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If you’re the type of person who is initially interested in traditional publishing, are you sure that self-publishing will satisfy you? Are you hoping to use self-publishing as a way to attract a traditional deal? If so, be careful. Self-publishing is a full-time job if you intend to build a readership. Are you ready to take on that full-time job of marketing yourself? Do you know who you’re marketing to?  If your back-up plan is self-publishing, it’s likely you’ll end up disappointed with the outcome.

An agent or editor proactively contacts you because she spotted your quality writing somewhere online or in print. Looking back, you understand why your work was rejected, and see that it deserved rejection. You probably even feel embarrassed by earlier work. Knowing When It’s Time to Change Course I used to believe that great work would eventually get noticed—you know, that old theory that quality bubbles to the top? I don’t believe that any more. Great work is overlooked every day, for a million reasons.

Even if your book is timely, should you invest in a book project that has a very short life span? Is a book the best format for something that’s incredibly timely? If you’re the type of person who is initially interested in traditional publishing, are you sure that self-publishing will satisfy you? Are you hoping to use self-publishing as a way to attract a traditional deal? If so, be careful. Self-publishing is a full-time job if you intend to build a readership. Are you ready to take on that full-time job of marketing yourself?

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