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Publication Questions

What are your questions about publication? Whether you're wondering about self-publication, agents or submitting to literary journals, let's address those issues you're thinking about now.

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Is Vanity Publishing still held in low regard by the industry?

 

How does an indie set pricing when self-publishing to IBooks, PubIt, and Amazon? Any legal traps there?

 

How would a successful self-published author graph their effort on a pie chart, i.e., what percent is writing, editing, converting, sales, etc.?

 

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do you have to be a certain age to publish?

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How does some one like me without internet find publishers to send letters too? Say I go wih PubIt can I still get that book printed? What are ways to promote your book?
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Skilletfan wrote:

do you have to be a certain age to publish?


No, you don't have to be a certain age to publish. (In fact, there are even journals that publish only work written by young people.) It is, though, important to make sure your work is strong and carefully crafted. Attention is best spent there for awhile before seeking publication. This is true for a writer of any age.
Great questions on self-publishing here. I'll be responding to those soon.
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Dan_Diego wrote:

Is Vanity Publishing still held in low regard by the industry?

 

 


Self-publishing is certainly gaining momentum. There's a DIY spirit out there that's really caught on in the world of books. As to how "the industry" feels about it really depends upon who you talk to. There are plenty of people who feel strongly that the filters in place make a big difference on the quality of what's published. Others see self-publishing as satisfying a need that doesn't necessarily fall under the domain of the traditional industry. One thing is certain: ideas about self-publishing are in flux.

 

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Dan_Diego wrote:

How does an indie set pricing when self-publishing to IBooks, PubIt, and Amazon? Any legal traps there?

 


Can you clarify? Are you asking how to decide an asking price?

 

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Dan_Diego wrote:

 

How would a successful self-published author graph their effort on a pie chart, i.e., what percent is writing, editing, converting, sales, etc.?

 


I imagine this varies by author. As with any kind of efforts to publish, it seems the bulk of the work should come in writing and editing in order to present the strongest material possible. It's also likely cyclical based on the progress of the work--there are times when one is writing quite a bit, other times where sales and marketing take more precedence. This is true for authors who go the traditional route, too. Many writers spend quite a bit of time reading and giving talks after the publication of a book.

 

Perhaps some of the self-published authors can chime in here. How would you graph your effort?

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Say I wanted to make a collection of poems for a book. Around 60 - 80 words each. How many poems would make a good goal to work towards?
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GS2991 wrote:
How does some one like me without internet find publishers to send letters too?

For all writers--those with internet and those without--a good strategy is to look at published work similar to your own and see the publisher, editor and/or agent for the book. You can see the publisher on the book jacket or the copyright page and often editor and agent are mentioned in the acknowledgments. That's a good place to start your research. There are certainly books out there, too, that list markets. One well-known and reliable source is the line of Writer's Market books (Novel & Short Story Writer's Market , Poet's Market Guide to Literary Agents , etc). They're published annually, so make sure you're looking at the current year's edition. Again, these are a starting place. You'll want to do more thorough research to make sure the listing is a good potential match with your work.

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Thank you very much!! I will check that out. Thanks! :smileyhappy:
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GS2991 wrote:
Say I go wih PubIt can I still get that book printed?

Here are some quotes from the PubIt FAQs:

 

If I sign up and publish my eBooks with PubIt!, can I sell them anywhere else?

Yes. PubIt! is NOT an exclusive agreement, as outlined in our Terms & Conditions.

 

Can I sell my physical book through PubIt!? Will my PubIt! NOOK Books be sold in physical Barnes & Noble Stores?

PubIt! is exclusively for selling digital content. You must have a digital file to sell your content through PubIt!. To learn about selling print books through Barnes & Noble.com and in our stores, visit our Publisher and Author Guidelines on BN.com.

 

Here's what that all means: You can't get your book printed through PubIt!, but using PubIt! to publish your digital content doesn't prevent you from getting you book printed through another source/service. So, you could publish digitally through PubIt! and also publish through a vanity press or print on demand (assuming the other service has similar terms that don't require exclusivity). 

 

As a friendly reminder, always read all terms and contracts, of course, when entering into any agreement or using any service.

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What are ways to promote your book?

Many writers go on book tours and give talks and readings. One self-published author I know set up several local readings and did well selling her books at those. She chose stores in communities to which she had connections, so she knew she'd have interested audiences. Think about the unique audience for your book and try and make connections with groups, organizations, etc that have similar interests.

 

What about those of you who have self-published . . . how have you promoted your book?

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What is the prime word count that publishers look for? If you're maybe 10,000 words or so under, is that a strike against your work?

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Say I wanted to make a collection of poems for a book. Around 60 - 80 words each. How many poems would make a good goal to work towards?

Poetry manuscripts often fall in the range of 50-70 pages. How many poems that includes really depends upon the length of the poems and your use of white space. 

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What is the prime word count that publishers, or agents, look for in fiction novels? If you're maybe 10,000 words or so under, is that a strike against your work?


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If we post a story or poem on the boards, can it still be published? I heard somewhere that if you post your writing online you cannot have it published.

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Can teens get published? I'm 15 and i'm working on a novel. When I'm done, what do I do? How do I find an agent? This is so new to me, and I'm so close to finishing the book. help?!

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Yes you can get published. I think Christopher Paolini was only 15 when he wrote his fist book. Don't hold me to that but I think. Thats right. And for the agent... sorry wrong person. Keep writing though! Good luck!
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TylerAE wrote:

What is the prime word count that publishers look for? If you're maybe 10,000 words or so under, is that a strike against your work?


Novels are often at least 80,000 words long, but that's really just a ball park figure. Some run shorter and some run much longer. There's no one word count to work toward. A shorter novel isn't necessarily a strike against your work. It really depends upon the execution of it.

 

There is a point at which a longer work of fiction under 80,000 falls in the category of the novella, and those are usually published in a collection instead of as a stand alone book (although not all the time).

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