ALL RIGHT. This is the last post on this–I swear.
My usual disclaimer applies here–this is the journey to traditional publication as I know it. I’m basing this on my personal experience and the experience of other published authors I know. 🙂
Also, FYI, the usual time between getting a book deal and your book hitting shelves (at least in traditional YA publishing) is 18 months to 2 years. There’s a LOT that has to happen, and your publisher needs every second.
Now, let’s finally wrap up this multi-year journey. We left off last week with getting our contract from the publisher… (Read more…)
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Jan25, 2013 |
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So, in case you missed Part 1, I am trying to lay out the very SIMPLE BASICS to getting published…
I emphasize “simple” and “basics” here because every author’s journey is different and because, although things seem clear-cut on the surface, they are actually kinda complicated underneath.
Overall, though, the moral of last Friday’s post was that getting an agent requires four main things:
a polished manuscript + a stellar query letter + tons of industry research + perfect timing
And sadly, today’s moral ain’t gonna be that different. That “perfect timing” component is such a bi***–and pretty much makes or breaks absolutely every author out there. (Read more…)
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Recently, an email landed in my inbox that asked the basic question of, “How do I get published?”
I get asked this a lot, and every time, I write out an answer. Inefficient much, Sooz? I’d say it’s about time to lay down the basic (and I mean VERY basic) framework for getting published traditionally–so not self-publishing, but with a traditional publishing house.
Now, for those of you who didn’t already know all the steps involved, PLEASE don’t freak out. Getting published isn’t easy; it isn’t simple; and it isn’t quick. But if I can do it, then so can you.
Also, please remember there is no “magic” way to get a book deal or some “perfect premise” that will let you skip all the steps. Most people spend years trying to get published (heck, I spent years writing before I even got the guts to try!), and that’s just the way it is. If you want it badly enough, then a few years shouldn’t bother you. 🙂 (Read more…)