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Re: How To Get A Book Published

Post by Khaya » 14 Nov 2016, 13:30

LeeCarver wrote:Scott, your introductory comments (written in 2011) indicate that typical steps in the process of traditional publishing is to get an agent, get a publisher interested by writing a query letter, and receiving an advance while the author writes the book. My experience and that of my author friends is that the book must be written--very well--in order to even get an agent. Advances are for authors who have already published successful books. I have an excellent agent, but I had to pitch a completed book to even get her interested in representing me. I'm now a "hybrid" author--both trad and indie published.
Thanks for clarifying that, that's what I thought. Was confused for a moment thinking I didn't need to have a completed manuscript first.

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Post by niccirae2003 » 05 Dec 2016, 04:50

I've just self-published my fifth novel - the last two had some interest from agents but were eventually turned down. Despite this, I am about to try again with my sixth novel as I remind myself that Douglas Kennedy wrote 13 books before finally getting an agent!

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Post by Lady Countryrose » 06 Jan 2017, 16:07

I use Createspace to publish a book. I have heard people going to Draft2digital for ebook publishing, but also use Amazon. If you do you Amazon, make sure you're not signing up for Kindle Unlimpted Publishing if you want to have your ebook in other stores.

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Post by Marcus Nannini » 18 Feb 2017, 18:23

I would not rely on any one, or even any ten formats of a query letter. I believe in constantly striving to improve on a query letter along with tailoring some basic information to meet the likes/dislikes of an agent. I do not sent to any agent simply for the reason the source states the agent is looking for a book in my category. I learned the hard way about that. Instead, I spend a lot of time researching each agent to ascertain exactly what they are seeking now...not two years ago. I may even quote the agent as part of my query and I always keep queries to a single page.
Perhaps I am giving away my screenplay background, but to develop a one line hook, and start with it to get attention, is one of the approaches I have employed with results.
However, research is the first key. Researching to be as close to certain as you can be the agent to whom you are writing is likely to view your query favorably. If they say they will not accept sci-fi, then please do not waste your time or theirs. And always take a look at their recently published books as you might find what they are getting published contradicts what they are asking for.
It is not merely a matter of quantity of queries, it is a matter of targeted quality
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Post by rajababa » 22 Mar 2017, 07:05

Publishing books is getting easier if you can find the right media and publishing company

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Post by My Bookish » 29 Apr 2017, 03:02

Publishing book is not only essential for writter but also much important for its readers around the world....

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Post by Buchie » 20 Jun 2017, 02:57

The book is informative.i liked it

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Post by Amcdanel86 » 24 Jun 2017, 03:06

how do you find an editor to help you? would like some suggestion on where to look.

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Post by Zullylema » 12 Jul 2017, 17:46

Oh well. It does sound difficult. Im fact, I have a published book myself and it has not sold more than 300 copies. no success there.
now, the book I am writing, I would like to have in published both in print and digital. It is a novel in Spanish. I have seen many times on Amazon publicity for Indies contests. How do I found those?

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Post by Marembo » 23 Jul 2017, 02:57

Great! My dream is to write a play. With that, I am a step set... Maybe shed much light

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Post by Gifty Naa Akushia » 07 Oct 2017, 16:32

Thanks for the information I would like publish my book pretty soon.

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Post by Gracenguru » 13 Nov 2017, 08:14

Great insight. Hope to get into action soon though it seems tough

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Post by vaz222 » 18 Nov 2017, 20:15

Good luck to everyone trying! One of my life goals is to publish a book!

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Post by Paul78 » 17 Dec 2017, 03:02

I have always thought of writing books ranging from text books to non fiction. I find the post quite informative.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
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Post by Autumn16 » 25 Jan 2018, 20:24

Hi, I am new here to the Online Book Club, and found this extremely useful. I have a love for words and stories, I have even started a few novels after writing poetry and what I like to call “purge” books since I learned how to write.

So far I am loving this site and the opportunity to connect to fellow book lovers.

I had considered self publishing through kindle, simply because I was unsure of where to start or whether my writings are worth reading.

Thank you for the post, as it gave me something to consider.

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