Thursday, October 01, 2009

Thursday Talk Time: Tips for Aspiring Authors

Lyn Cote shares some of her tips on How to Become a Published Author

Many readers are interested in how becoming published actually happens. The business of publishing is one that most people have no working knowledge. I know I didn't. The thing to keep in mind is that it is better to educate yourself instead of making a costly mistake.
Here are a few tips:
1-Never pay a publisher or agent to publish your book. A publisher who charges more than a setup fee is called a vanity press. They aren't scams but all they do is print the book, nothing else. Unless you have a large group who are ready to buy it (For example, a family history that you've researched and is wanted by extended family members), don't choose this route lightly. You could end up with a garage full of books and disappointment.

Same for an agent. No reputable agent charges a writer. A reputable agent only makes money when they have sold one of your manuscripts to a publisher. They usually receive 15% of what the author is paid. And the writer's checks usually go to the agent first so it pays to find an HONEST agent.

2-Take time to browse in a bookstore and see what books are similar to yours. Who is publishing them? Find out more about these publishers.
3-Google your type of book (for instance, mystery+publishers) and see what results comes up.
4-Don't believe what your mother or best friend say about your writing. I write for the inspirational market which has a lower sensuality level and an inspirational theme. If you're interested in what a submission to a publisher is like. Drop by my website and click the Christian Book Publishers Page and scroll down to Moody Publishers. And read what they want in a submission. It's pretty much a good description.
5-Join local, regional and online writing groups and forums. Again, just google and you'll find many.
6-Finally, realize that most writers write an average of five books before publishing though a few have written as many as twelve. Do you have what it takes to weather disappointment and rejection? That comes with the territory.

After over 10 years of frustration and rejection, my first romance, Never Alone, was published in 1998 and was part of the new Love Inspired line for Steeple Hill, an imprint of Harlequin/Silhouette. To learn more about these books, drop by my website.

Hope my tips on publishing helps you or someone you know. Happy writing!

Lyn Cote
Her Inheritance Forever, 8-18-09
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