Anyone familiar with the publishing business knows it has two speeds: slow and slower. It's a rare author, who experiences "instant" success. Whether you're pitching articles, non-fiction books, or novels, patience is the name of the game.
1. With articles and non-fiction books, the process often starts off with pitching an idea. A non-fiction book will require a proposal with three chapters. It's necessary to examine the guidelines of each publisher before submitting.
For the first-time novelist, the book must be complete. Again, check publisher guidelines and follow them down to the last detail.
2. For books, many publishers now refuse un-agented writers. The exception to this rule is meeting an editor at a conference. They may request a partial or full proposal if they like your ideas. Otherwise, getting an agent is at the top of the priority list.
3. Platform is critical to success in the pursuit of a contract. Whether you write non-fiction or fiction, a publisher wants to know you have meaningful connections. This could include a website, blog, extensive social media, speaking engagements, radio, and even TV exposure.
Writers/Authors: What are some of the steps you're taking to make your publishing dreams come true?
Readers: Do you enjoy reading about your favorite authors' writing journeys? What aspect interests you the most?
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