Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

It’s time for another edition of 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!

23 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for all those helpful links. Right on time!

    Denise

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  2. Very thoughtful to give beginners the knowledge of your experience.

    I self published my two books but the printers didn'y give any advice on how to promote it.
    My first was easier to promote than my second, so now I have had my US vacation have some hard work ahead.

    Yvonne.

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  3. Helpful post. Bookmarked it!

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  4. Wow, this is one of those posts you bookmark to come back to later because it has so many useful links! Thanks very much :-)

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  5. Diane you are totally awesome!
    Karen

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  6. You rock!

    Not that I'm anywhere near that point in my writing life, but I'm totally gonna save this post so I know where to find the info when I DO need it.

    T.xx

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  7. Great well-researched list!

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  8. Excellent post, I will be bookmarking it, thanks!

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  9. Happy to provide some good information for everyone. I have thousands of publishing and promoting sites bookmarked and these are some that are featured in my Publishing 101 seminar.

    If I don't get to you today, I promise I will tomorrow!

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  10. Another blog post bookmarked! You should get a royalty on all these!! :)

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  11. These are great links to keep close. Thanks for that! I'll be back and check what other great advise you have.

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress.

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  12. Great idea for this day. I'm sure many of us can use some of these.

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  13. What a great idea. The insecure writers' group. Good name for a critique group. BTW, I have guidelines for making critique groups work better. They're based on my experience as an instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program and the critque group I founded for my home town library system--and basic psychology principles for group interaction. Anyone who would like a copy need only send me an e-mail with DI'S INSECURE WRITERS GROUP in the subject line and I'll send it as an attachment with permission to print it out and use it for your writers' group. (-:

    Best,
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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  14. Very kind of you to help out Diane. Thanks bunches.

    .......dhole

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  15. This is an excellent reference tool, thank you so much.

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  16. It's like after one graduated from uni but doesn't know what career to pursue. It's good to know the useful links for publishing.

    The Spinster’s Vow

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  17. What great linkage! Thanks, L Diane!

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  18. These are some great links! Thanks for listing them together in one place. :)

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  19. Really great series of needful, important links, Diane. Thank you so much for the kind words on my blog! Roland

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