The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
I decided I’d offer something to writers to help ease their concerns. Most finish a book and wonder ‘What next?’ Well, there are several things you need to do - hire an editor or use an expert critique partner; make a detailed list on your target audience (helps to start this before writing though); and the biggie - decide which publishing path you will take.
Pursue a publisher, an agent, or self publish?
You should research all of your options before making a final decision - and be willing to change your decision if it doesn’t work out as planned.
Here are some website to get you started:
Pursuing a publisher or agent:
1) Research & study publisher/publishing industry
Preditors and Editors - full list of publishers, agents. & editors
SFWA - Writer Beware - guidelines & warnings
Every Writer’s Resource - publisher listing
Publishing Central - listing of publishers
Publishers Global - listing of publishers
2) Understand forms
SWFA - query letter sample
James Russell Publishing - query letter tips
Charlotte Dillon - query letter tips, articles, & books
Fiction Factor - synopsis and outline details
3) Understand contracts
Ivan Hoffman - publishing lawyer – information
Pub Law - publishing law information
If you decide on the self-publishing route:
Para Publishing - self publishing & promoting resource
Book Martket - John Kremer’s site
Ink Tree Marketing - self publishing & book marketing
Aeonix - independent publisher resource
Literary Marketplace - book publishing industry resource
Publishers Global - lists service providers
May those guide you on your publishing path!