Publishing? Self? Small Press / Indie Publisher?
From My ConNooga Panel
Publishing: (according to Steve Laube Agency takes 2 - 3 years once agented)
- Top 5 (Penguin/Random House; Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan) including their imprints (i.e. Harper Collins has Harlequin, harper, William Morrow) and other powerhouses (Scholastics, oxford Press, Disney Publishing Worldwide)
- Necessity of an agent. Most do not take unagented submissions.
- ACQUIRING AN AGENT: Develop Query Letter, Synopsis, First Pages, Comparables
o Follow their instructions for submission. Send your best. Don’t make common mistakes ( https://authorspublish.com/the-ten-most-common-manuscript-submission-mistakes/ )
o Writer’s Market 100th Edition: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published ($21.12)
o Guide to Literary Agents 30th Edition: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting published ($25,49)
o Locate conferences to be In front of agents / submit work to them such as https://atlantawritersconference.com/ (May 6-7, 2022). Expect to pay $800-1000.
o Network!! Use your other credentials
Self Publishing: (self-paced. Quality product achieved in under 8 months)
- Learn ALL aspects of publishing OR al a carte services
o Developmental Editing (content editing) – plot, structure, characters, pace, POV, etc
o Line Editing (stylistic editing)
o Copyediting – consistency issues, spacing, format issues, spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.
o Proofreading – final quality control
- Cover Development – free image, Amazon template, paid cover, wrap?
- Format – epub, mobi, pdf - ISBN # or ASIN -- ARC copies? (like NetGallery)
- Publishing Company: Amazon (KDP) digital and/or print, Draft2Digital, Ingram Sparks
- Launch dates, promotions, marketing
o WRITER’S GROUP!! à Corner Scriblers, CWG, your market / genre / niche online (i.e. https://www.scbwi.org/ for kids lit), Beta Readers
Independent / Small Press: (times vary from submission to publication)
- Do not approach until have a good draft (recommend finish Developmental and line edit)
- Consider seeking short story published works to build your resume (probably good for all 3)
- Look for presses that do what you have written. Do your homework on what they have published, how those books fare in the market, and how your book fits.
- AVOID VANITY PRESSES!!!! – scams. Never prepay / hybrid pay. Better to self publish
o Always google press with key words like ”scam” or “vanity”
o Writer’s Market 100th Edition: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
o Read Indie books. See who published them. Contact and open a dialogue.
IN ALL THREE MARKETING LARGELY FALLS ON THE AUTHOR
- Make sure you have the right product for your market (word length, cover design, content)
- Set a budget
o Publicist? (like https://www.creative-edge.services/creative-edge-clients.html )
o Travel, Cons, Where can your product find an audience?
- Make it Pretty!! COVER DESIGN!!
- Research what works and who (where) is your target audience
- Social Media and/or face-to-face promotion, mailing, etc
- Ads – FB, Amazon, book blogs, goodreads, etc…
- Avoid scams