Thursday, 31 July 2014

How to Get Published

Who doesn't want to get published in today's modern times? Almost everybody. Whether it's in journalism (i.e a magazine column) or getting a novel published, publishing is sort of a big thing.
I self-publish, and I give advice to others on how to get published. Also, I'm currently trying to publish through traditional means via an agent. If you want to find out how to get published, then read on!

Traditional Means (via an agent/publishing house)

Generally, people have strong views on these people. You waiver rights, and get rejected, and in some cases, you pay for yourself. Though truly traditional means will cover the cost via sales of your book and more, vanity and subsided presses will ask you to pay part, or whole, upfront.
  1. Write your book. You need to get a good book written, and follow some genre specific rules, such as length (stay away from over 120k at all costs, veer to 100k or below usually), audience requirements (you can't write a young adult book with smut, and you can't write a detective novel for the elderly with a main cast of ten year olds) and also avoid copyright. Make sure your work is good, and even if you falter towards the end, make sure the first five chapters are brilliant. It is usual for agents to require the first three chapters or below for them to review you, so make sure at least two of them shine.
  2. Write a covering letter. These things are what grabs your agent. Don't ever misspell anything, and ensure you brighten yourself and seem like a good candidate for them to throw money and love at you. Ensure you mention any publications, ex publications, and never, ever, say that your book is a series. If it is meant to be a series, just say "it has great potential to be part of a series".
  3. Find your agent. This is the hardest part, in my opinion. Find an agent looking for what you write. For instance, if you write horror, look for a well-known horror publicist or agent, not an agent who specialises in chick-lit. 
  4. Try again should you be rejected. Don't take it personally, and listen to what they need to tell you. The people who reject you may seem like horned demons at first, but if you take heed of their replies you may end up looking better to any future agencies.

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