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Tuesday, February 15, 2022


Publishing? Self? Small Press / Indie Publisher?

From My ConNooga Panel


Image Original Location and a Blog About This Topic by Sonyo Zofia

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/ )


-          RESOURCES:

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

-          RESOURCES:

o   https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/

o   https://www.ingramspark.com/

o   https://www.draft2digital.com/

o   https://www.upwork.com/

o   https://reedsy.com/

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”

-          RESOURCES:

o   https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/

o   https://threeravenspublishing.com/

o   https://www.jumpmasterpress.com/

o    https://nonconformist-mag.com/the-big-big-list-of-indie-publishers-and-small-presses/

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.





-          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   Seek reviews (https://www.netgalley.com/) ( https://www.bookbub.com/welcome )

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


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