Signing a book deal with a publisher defines success for many authors (or at least the first step towards it!). But getting there isn’t obvious. How do you find an agent? What steps should you take to meet the publisher who will ultimately produce your masterpiece? And because we know that this isn’t an easy process, and that the road along the publishing journey is often filled with both ups and downs, the last article in our list of helpful tips has to do with handling rejection (tissues, please). Regardless of where you are starting, and where you end up, we hope that what we offer here helps you along that path. Knowing where to start, and the steps to take, can ease the burden of muddling through and trying to figure it all out on your own!
To better your chances of getting your book in front of publishers, it is in your best interest to work with a literary agent whose expertise, experience, and connections in the industry are assets you cannot obtain easily on your own. This article, published by NY Book Editors, provides some helpful tips on the process of finding the right agent for you.
By NY Book Editors
It would seem as though choosing a genre for your book would not be that hard. However, as many experienced writers know, not only can it be tricky to pick a genre, it is also one of the defining decisions of your marketing campaign. Genre dictates how you will find an agent and what audience will find your book. This in-depth article by Kristen Lamb details why you need to pick a genre, and outlines definitions of top genres to help you decide where your book fits.
By Kristen Lamb
Writing query letters are your chance to pitch your book to agents and publishers who are constantly seeking new talent, but have limited time. Hence, your query letters must be powerfully and succinctly written. Here is a breakdown of the basic formula for a query letter from TCK Publishing.
By TCK Publishing
Even before you send your manuscript to an editor, it is good idea to have a couple of beta readers—readers who can read your manuscript with no preconceived notions, yet give honest feedback. To ensure you get the feedback you are looking for, here are a few questions that will help guide your readers, compiled by Ryan J. Pelton of The Writing Cooperative.
By Ryan J. Pelton of The Writing Cooperative
Whether you are at the beginning, middle, or end of a project, it is always good to hit refresh on your brain. Taking a break from your normal writing habits can get you unstuck from an obstacle or give you new eyes for an existing idea. This article by Arielle Contreras of Reedsy details a few exercises geared toward fiction and creative projects specifically.
By Jeff Elkins of The Write Practice