Traditional Publishing (For Books)
This means finding an agent, first. The agent helps you find publishers and gives you advice in your career. :) As for finding an agent, there's a process for that. It takes a while to get one; you'll get a lot of rejections, but all of us do, so don't let that discourage you! Here's what you need:
- The BEST book you can write. This means much editing, and it also means making sure other people can read it and get what you intend out of it.
A good query and synopsis. These are the two items with which you can entice an agent to read your work.
Information on agents who represent your genre or field. You can use Google to do this, but if you're willing to put in a little money, we suggest Publisher's Marketplace. That's where literary agents report all their sales, which gives authors the chance to see who's actually selling and who's doing it well.
Note: A legitimate agent will NEVER charge you money for application or reading fees. Agents make money when YOU make money.
Traditional Publishing (For Short Stories)
Literary and genre magazines take submissions all the time. Write the best story you can, then read the magazine's submissions guidelines and submit.
- Our preferred partner is Short Fiction Break, an innovative online literary magazine for people who love reading and writing fiction.
- We also have a list of places to get published right here.
To really take advantage of how to get your book out there, we suggest the following programs: