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Getting Published

Nearly every writer ultimately wants to get their work published – read these blogs for tips and tricks on how to make it happen, from the authors who've already done it and the experts in the industry.

Getting published: tips, tricks and general advice for getting published

With the continuing rise of self-publishing, getting published can seem more confusing than ever. So, with our ‘How to Get Published’ conference fast approaching, the team here at Writers & Artists thought it was the perfect time to share our best tips, tricks and general advice:

1. Do your research

• There is no point sending a children’s fiction manuscript to an academic publisher – save time and effort by researching the publishing houses that are relevant to your book genre. Our article on the ideal submission package can help you prepare for this step.

• Do you want to be in charge of getting published? Would you prefer your book in an electronic format? If so, self-publishing could be a better option. See Alison Baverstock's article on the perks of self-publishing, or our advice on when to go it alone.

• If these don’t appeal, e-publishing is also now a strategic option to which many writers turn. Read our Experimenting with E-publishing blog post to learn …

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Your Questions Answered

Firstly, a big thank you to all the writers and readers who commented on these blog posts, who took part and shared their own thoughts and advice. Writing’s a lonely endeavour when you get down to it, but learning doesn't have to be, and I’ll be glad if just a few of the things I've said here have helped.

Writers’ & Artists’ asked you if you had any final questions for me. Well, you did! Below, I’ll try and answer a few as best I can, and I just hope it leads to more sharing, more creativity, and more people writing really good stories.

If you want to keep in touch and see how publishing EREN turns out, you can follow me on Twitter as @araenvo.

Simon P. Clark

Would you advise writers to query literary agents via Facebook or Twitter, or do you think such social media approaches are not really acceptable or frowned upon?

I would advise you follow agents on Twitter, to see the helpful things they say – but you should never query …

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Acting Like a Pro

This is my last real post here. At the end of this week I’ll be responding to the questions you guys have sent in, but beyond that, it’s back to my blog and to normal writing for me. It’s been great fun, great seeing so many people comment and respond, and a good exercise for me too, in thinking about how writing works.

This post is less pragmatic than some previous ones – on editing or queries – and more to do with how writers see themselves. Writing itself sits in that weird grey area between being solely an occupation and solely a hobby.  Plenty of folk do write just because they like to do it, and they never want to get published. Like artist, ‘writer’ is a title that anyone can claim if they want – which is good, don’t get me wrong – and with no official marker. Doctors have medical degrees, vicars are ordained, but writers just have to decide ‘Hey, I’m a writer! Or, at least, I want to be.’

Professionalism in this case is as much a way …

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What to do after you've finished your book

Finishing a book is a feeling unlike any other. The moment after your story is written – the tale written down and the last word, the last full stop, typed up – is a special one. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe if you haven’t been through it. There’s the excitement that you actually did it, maybe a sigh of relief that it all came to something; sometimes the deranged laugh of a true mad scientist when you realize your creature is going to live.

It’s a good feeling while it lasts.

Because the truth is – and all writers know this, really – first drafts are always a bit rubbish. 

That perfect scene, the one that came to you in a moment of, frankly, literary genius – it can suddenly seem so different in the cold light of day. And what about the little things – the punctuation, the typos, the facts you were so sure were probably, almost certainly, definitely true. Maybe.

So, there’s a lot of work to do once the mere writing is finished.

Beyond edits and more …

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Writers' & Artists' services - How Strong Is Your Book Idea?

As one of the editors for Writers’ & Artists’ editorial services, this series of four blog posts not only offers key insight into each of the services provided, but also provides hints and tips to help aspiring authors with their work at whatever stage in the writing process they've reached.

First up, How Strong Is Your Book Idea?

What is the service?

How Strong Is Your Book Idea? allows you to road-test your idea before you commit to years of writing it up.  You submit some details about your book: a synopsis, some details about yourself on the ‘About the Author’ form, and the first few pages, or first chapter of your work.

What do you get out of it?

You get a report within a week or two – about 1000 words in length – that looks at how well your idea holds together, what genre you’re writing in (this may surprise you!) and how your writing supports or doesn’t support the overall theme.

Who is looking at your work?

An editor and a literary …

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