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Transcript of Getting Published
Choose Your Path
Do-It-Yourself = Self-Publication
Half/Half = Indie Publication
Leave it to Professionals = The Big Six
Gatherings of authors, agents, poets, publishers, speakers, and you
Winners receive prizes from sponsoring magazines, Twitter pitches, bloggers, and panels including money, publication, agent or publisher sessions, etc.
Literary Magazines (
Poets and Writers
Books: 808 publication section in library
A document which describes in three paragraphs your manuscript, your audience, and your experience.
A sentence or two that describes the manuscript to pose to agents or publishers in person.
It happens to
Never offer payment.
Never respond in any way other than a professional manner.
The Best Advice: Edit, put-it-away, write something else, revisit some time later, and network.
No contracts necessary
No agent %
No publisher %
All expenses out of pocket
Have contracts and deadlines
No agent necessary
Usually start-up/small companies
Medium author control and responsibility
Possible low advance
Agent necessary and %
Little author control
Less author work
Experienced and valued name
Wide audience, guarantee sell
Difficult to get contract
Capture the agent or publisher's attention immediately.
"Since the Great Lisbon Earthquake in 1755, the Bermuda Triangle and nine similar vortexes have taken in everything from ships to camels."
Tell the agent/publisher how to sell your book and who to sell it to.
Genre, word-count, and audience
Zarconian Island : A 65,000-word young adult, paranormal romance
Anything, anything, anything
Any publication, byline, credit, related degree, award, or class
Keep It Short
25-word, 50-word, one sentence, Tweet length
Grab, Don't Gab
Get them interested. What's new about your story? Why should they care?
Nothing is worse than not being able to explain your own book.
E.g. My first conference
Meet professionals in the industry
Learn more about writing, editing, publishing, promoting, etc
Agents and publishers will read your work! *
*If you pay them
Costly conference fees
Extra charges for agent sessions, no guarantee
Crowded and long
Seen by many panel eyes (some professional)
Winning means credit to your portfolio even if it's small
Easy to find a contest to fit your work
Entry fees (sometimes)
One winner out of many entrants
Variety of submission guidelines
Usual path, "tried and true"
Always opening and closing submission dates
Few personal responses
The more you are rejected the more you learn.
The more likely you are to be asked for a partial
It's not personal, but it is subjective.
They didn't like/want/believe in your creation.
Usually, it means you have more work to do.
The First 5
Show, Don't Tell
Kill words like "happy" and "beautiful"
Analyze how each character acts and apply it
Work in background information in dialogue, context clues, etc
Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook
Write reviews: goodreads, amazon, blogs
Go to reading or writing groups
Interact with and comment on writers, agents, and publishers
Be professional online
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures