For those of you wondering about getting published, the biggest thing to remember and be is PERSISTENT.
Due to my publishing background, I have been fortunate that I learned how to get my books published using Amazon’s Createspace site. But there is more to it than just that, if you want to do things right. Innumerable books are out there about HOW to write, but the best thing you can do is join a writing group, or take classes where you must write each week and then present your work to your class and get feedback. That is most helpful and having the chance to hear what others write not only gives you ideas about what to write but something to compare your writing to.
That’s only the beginning. If you want to write fiction, realize that there are things you will need to do in order to submit your work, should you decide on approaching an agent. The first thing is to know what agent you should be approaching. A great place to start is http://www.literaryrejections.com. They list all agents and the genres they will look at. The other thing that you can do is find books at the bookstore or on Amazon and look in the credits. Usually authors thank their agents, which will help you better pinpoint who you want to write your query letters to.
There is also query tracker.com. You can type in the agency name and see how they have responded to other writers who have sent them query letters. This will give you an idea of how long it takes to get a response if any. And that’s another point, depending on how well you have written your query letter will determine a higher probability that the agent will respond. Not all do.
Be prepared for rejections. Writers Digest has a blog where they interview agents and get the agents to talk about what they are looking for. That will help you customize your letters, making them more personal. The point is, there is research you have to do to find the niche your book fits into.
That’s another point. A great book to read is Stephen King’s ON WRITING. You get great perspective and wonderful advice. Besides that, read books that are bestsellers in the genre you are writing about, reading not just from a pleasure point of view, but WHY they are good books. That is where writing classes come in.
The next point is getting published. Two sites, wordhaus.com and commuterlit.com will publish your writing if they like it. There is no exchange of money, but agents like to see that your work has merit. The point is, the more you write, the better you will get.
If you self-publish, you have Kindle e-books. They have a great way of setting you up so that you can publish electronically. But the main thing is that you will also need to market your books on-line, which is a blog in itself. The point is to be PERSISTENT.
In closing to get published you only need two of the three following things:
1. A book
3. A little luck
Remember that you only need two. You can have an idea (non-fiction) and not written a book. But you write a great proposal and persist looking for an agent. With a little luck you will find one! Your persistence – getting your homework done and writing a great proposal can land you a book deal. Just be a professional in your presentation in whatever you do.