By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin
For years I've been studying the
publishing world. A key part of the process is building relationships with
editors and agents and others in the community such as publicity people.
Something you can't control is timing but you can continue to be submitting or
pitching and building relationships. Then you can be at the right place at the
right time with the right material.
The publishing community is
always changing and I can illustrate it with one of my 21 “secrets” in the first
edition of Book Proposals That Sell: always enclose an SASE
(self addressed stamped envelope). At that time, there was no electronic
submissions. Publishers received thousands of submissions (as they do today) and
if you didn't include the return postage, then your submission was thrown away
and not returned. Today everything is electronic and if an editor is interested,
they will request you to send the full manuscript as an attachment.
How can get educated about
publishing? It is an on-going process but in this article I want to give you
several resources. My first resource is to read the articles in my
Twitter stream or that I
post on LinkedIn. It is a steady stream of information about various aspects
of publishing and education. I read all of these articles which are in this
steam and learn from them.
The second way to learn about
publishing is to study how-to-write books. For years I've been reading at least
one how-to-write book a month and learning from them. You can get them from your
public library and read them. I've written three how-to-write books. Originally
I self-published Jumptart Your Publishing Dreams but now the
revised edition is available in bookstores online and brick and mortar stores.
link for a free sample. This book has helped many writers learn more about
publishing. Check out the illustration from a reader who marked different
sections to study with post-it notes.
I also wrote 10 Publishing
Myths to help writers have a realistic view of publishing. You
can get my book for only $10 including shipping plus over $200 in bonuses if you follow this
link. Or you can get it at any bookstore whether online or brick and mortar.
I encourage you to get
the 11th myth as a free download.
Finally the revised edition of
Proposals That Sell will help you understand the book
publishing world and many authors have used this book to find a publisher or a
literary agent. At the book website, you can get a free book proposal checklist
(the pop-up when you go to the book site).
The publishing world is full of
opportunity for every writer but you must take action, learn what the editor or
agent wants and expects, then make appropriate pitches. Each of us can get
educated about publishing and I've given you some seasoned places to explore and
improve your possibilities.
In this article I gave you a number of different means to get educated about publishing. Are there other ways you would
suggest? Let me know in the comments below.
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