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25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author - condensed

D Dawson

on 5 October 2013

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25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author
1. Don't be lazy.
2. You have to actually write.
3. You need to read a lot, too.
4. Do whatever you must to get out your first draft.
5. Accept that all first drafts suck. You'll fix it later.
7. Revisions are not copy edits. They're major surgery, and they should be difficult. Drop the hubris and dig deep. Tear it apart.
8. Think you're done? You're not.
a. Beta readers & crit partners
b. Further polishing
c. Do a spreadsheet.
d. Now, about that copy editing.
Getting an Agent
9. Write a query. Read QueryShark.
10. Find agents. Do the homework.
Use AgentQuery, QueryTracker, etc.
11. Wait. Why do I need an agent?
12. Send your query to agents.
13. Don't let querying make you crazy.
14. You will be rejected.
15. Until you get a request.
16. Then you have THE CALL.
Selling Your Book
18. Agent takes book on submission.
19. You have an offer.
20. YOU HAVE SOLD A BOOK. Now what?
21. Hit deadlines. Prepare for release day.
22. Launch party time!
23. Your book is on the shelf. Now what?
24. My book did well. Now what?
25. My book did not do well. Now what?

The answer to NOW WHAT? is usually
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