Wednesday, October 4, 2023

11 Steps To Getting A Novel Published



1.      Come up with am interesting idea. Develop your concept. Envision the story arc, sub-plots, character development, and themes. Create an outline.  

2.      Develop a writing schedule – commit to it. While that is taking place, write your query letter and send it to appropriate literary agents and book publishers.  

3.      If you have one or more published books, while writing your next one and trying to sell the story to a publisher/agent, you still need to promote and market your prior books. Don’t neglect them.  

4.      Seek to learn and improve as a writer. Consider taking writing courses and attending seminars, writer conferences, and an MFA program.  

5.      To be a great writer, you need editing help. Get a trusted editor to assist.  

6.      Be an active reader, aware of competing books in your genre. Be different from them; be better. As good as, is not good enough. Learn from the writings of others.  

7.      To get published by a traditional publisher of consequence, you may need a literary agent. To win over a literary agent – and likely a publisher – you will need more than a great book. You will have to:  

--Show testimonials and support for your writing from trusted third-party validators.

--Indicate a track record of getting attention for your writings, such as with your social media footprint.

--Demonstrate how you can get publicity, either based on your past performance or a new commitment to hire a publicist.

--Reveal there’s a big enough pool of readership for your kind of book.

--Explain how comparable titles sold well – or why your book has no comparisons but could break through.

--Highlight your ability to sell your book, such as the size of your mailing list, speaking engagements scheduled, or connections to influencers, the news media, or organizations that could buy your book in bulk.  

8.      Develop a working title or sub-title that is short, unique, and catchy – and not something that only has meaning to you.  

9.      Test out your writings on trusted friends – take their critical feedback and make improvements.  

10.  Get other works published – articles, essays, short stories, op-eds, guest-blog posts – anything to showcase your writings and establish a viable track record.  

11.  Make your writing debut as a self-published author. You simply need to get your work out there and not remain sidelined or on hold, hoping to get discovered while time slips by. The discovery process needs no one’s permission. Put your book out there, promote it, and keep writing.  

“People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.”

--Simon Sinek


“Growth  is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you don’t belong.”

--Author Mandy Hale


“ ‘ What you say is often less than how you say it,’ he’d explain. “it’s like the difference between the head and the heart, between the knowing ad the believing.’”

--The Adventures of Herbie Cohen, by Rich Cohen


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