Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Only Post About Publishing Your Book (The Traditional Way) You'll Ever Need To Read

Okay, so that's a gross overstatement. As a writer, you can never read enough, even (or maybe especially) on writing and publishing itself. There are blogs, websites and forums dedicated to writing, querying, publishing, editing. To become an expert on the writing business, a writer can't pass these up. Step by step, they will allow you, as a newbie to the industry, to piece together the process of getting published, from writing the first word, completing those first to revised drafts, finding an agent, an editor and finally a publisher for your baby.

But this guest post 25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition by Delilah S. Dawson on Chuck Wendig's infamous blog Terribleminds sums it all up in one fell swoop. The whole process at your fingertips in a single post. It points out what the writer must do (or not), expect (or not), and watch out for if s/he wants to be traditionally published. Miss Dawson claims we shouldn't see it as gospel, but I think if there were a Holy Writer's Bible, this post would be in it right after the Genesis of Writing. 

Yes, it's written as an idealized process, and many published authors' journeys to publication differ from it. But, at the very least, it's a recipe to follow as closely as possible at the beginning, and even if certain steps deviate, the following ones will most likely be back on track.

Added bonus: Miss Dawson's post is a fun read (though you might want to remove your personal four-letter-word filter, if you have one...).

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