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How to Get Published


Sadly, I don't have a lot of time to answer questions about how to get published, but I have some general guidelines about what I did.

1. Joined Romance Writers of America

2. Wrote a lot of books

3. Sold to a small press

4. Got a copy of Writer's Market (check your local library for a copy) and followed the guidelines for how to submit to the publishers of my choice.

5. Got rejected many times. Finally sold to Dorchester Publishing. When they rejected my third Spark Series book, I submitted to other publishers and racked up a lot of rejections. Heard about Smashwords and publishing on Amazon. Thought it might not do much, but finally decided that any money coming in might help.

6. Made lots of money.

If you want a NY contract, start with Writer's Market and read books about how to publish your book. Study the market and the craft of writing.

Write a lot.

If you want to self-publish ebooks, Google how to publish books with Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, or go to those sites for directions.

Write a lot.

Find critique partners or proofreaders. Listen to them and your gut. Take what you need, discard what you don't.

Write a lot.

If you've made enough money, hire a good cover artist. I like Phatpuppyart.com.

Hire a proof reader. I use Judy Stone: j.stonewright@gmail.com

Learn to write short and sweet blurbs (book descriptions). Learn Photoshop (or other graphic programs) to do your own covers. Blog.

Find a really good tax preparer. You’ll need one.

Hire an IP lawyer, not an agent to go over any contracts. One time fee vs. 15% for life of contract? Hm...

I'm sorry to say that I don't critique anyone's work. I can't introduce you to an editor or personally walk anyone through uploading books (exceptions made for family members, as I don't want the clan to disown me). You've got to read the directions on each site, just like I did.

No, I don't have an agent. At this time I handle my own affairs.


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