Most writers assume an exquisitely written manuscript will get you published. While your manuscript will ultimately determine your chances for publication, many often underestimate one essential step of the publishing process: querying.
Maybe you’ve never written a query letter, or you’re tired of agent/publisher rejections. Either way, you’ve come to the right place! Read on for NHM’s step-by-step guide to query letters.
In today’s digital age, it’s becoming increasingly important to market yourself and your book as a product rather than a piece of art. While the writing itself is a key part of finding success as an author, you also have to use marketing as a tool to set yourself apart from others. By publishing your book, you have put your own product out into the world. To ensure it does well, you have to take extra steps to promote it. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Writers can’t succeed without rejection. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just getting started, it’s important to understand that you’ll often experience rejection from publishers. No matter how many times you’re told to toughen up and slap on a smile, it’s still going to suck.
So how can you make the most of rejections? We’ve compiled a few tips to help writers feel empowered and motivated after their rejections.
For a new author, the publishing industry is a complicated, obscure puzzle with many moving pieces. While the idea of publishing the greatest novel of all time is rather romantic, there is more than great prose at play in the publishing process. Here are a few industry secrets every author should be aware of.
We live in a digital age, and even the most techno-phobic among us have used the Internet to search for a book or author we love or whose work we want to read. Few things are more frustrating than when not even Google has the answer to what you’re looking for, and if you’re a writer without a website, we have some bad news for you--this is most likely the case when people search for you. Don’t worry, though, we have good news, too! You can clear up a lot of this search confusion. Enter: the author website.
There’s a hidden layer to publishing--one that doesn’t get nearly all the glitz and glamour that the front-facing publishing companies do. Publishing companies may be the ones who create the finished product, but it’s their lesser-known cousin, the book distribution company, that actually ensures the book sees the light of day.
If you’re in a traditional publishing deal, then most likely your publisher has a distribution company they work with already. For example, Night Heron Media works with Small Press United and Ingram Content Group through the Independent Publishers Group.
If you’ve self-published, though, book distribution is a different beast--and it’s one worth putting some thought and effort into.
Anyone who has tried to get a book published in recent years knows there are a myriad of choices writers are presented with when trying to find the right home for their work. Perhaps the biggest, and certainly one of the earliest, choices to be made is whether to go the traditional publishing route or to self-publish. To help, we’ve broken down the differences between the two avenues and will discuss why one path might be better over the other.