Getting published, final segment

You will note that the above list of what an author should seek in a publisher excludes pay-up-front Vanity presses and those offering few services.  That’s not to say those publishing venues will never be right for you.  They can be okay, especially if you are a frequent public speaker or teacher and only plan to sell your own books where you speak.  They can also be useful if speed is important.  A multi-published (including in New York) friend of mine wrote the biography of a ninety-three year old woman.  Since traditional publishing can take 24 or months or more after the book is accepted, and she wanted the subject to be able to see the book about her life, she chose PublishAmerica.  She had the completed book in a few weeks.   (The subject died a couple of months after the book came out.)

Where do you get the names of potential publishers for your work?

An excellent source is from published authors in your field.  Talk to them, look at their books, find them on the ‘net.  Are they pleased with their agents or publishers?

Web sites like Predators and Editors.  They have lists of publishers, most of them with good records.  And, of course, WRITER’S MARKET, Publisher’s Weekly,  Bowkers Books in Print.  (The last two you’ll probably have to find in at larger libraries.)

I found the publisher for my non-fiction book, DEAR EARTH:  A LOVE LETTER FROM SPRING HOLLOW, when I read an announcement about them in “The Writer” magazine.  My mystery publisher was written up in a column in the Mystery Writers of America newsletter.  (Though I had a New York agent for a couple of years, she didn’t find either publisher for me.)

Of course these days you can become a publisher yourself, using your computer to produce a complete book or hiring a printer to take care of it for you.  A story I wrote for the Rogers,  Arkansas Public Library was printed very nicely at Office Depot.   (The library was the publisher in this case.)

So, as you can see, getting published isn’t really the problem.  After you’ve created the best work possible, the problem is knowing yourself, your market, your expectations, and finding the list of publishing possibilities that best fit you.   If you have written a good book, and if you stick with it, you will be published.

Author and Literary Agent Terry Burns said this when he spoke at Ozarks Writers League:  “Publishing is not a selection process.   It is a survival process.”

And aren’t we all survivors?

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That’s it for now,      Radine

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