No Sugar-coating

I want my book on a bookshelf. That’s great, however, is your book finished? Is it contracted? Are you prepared to work your butt off to get it on a bookshelf with tons of legwork? No? Hmm…not going to happen then.

But before you get your tutu all wrinkled with worry there are other things to consider, like:

What’s your genre? Have a clue?
Who’s your target audience?
Have a particular publisher in mind? Checked their published books? Their guidelines?

Have you read several books in the genre you’re writing? Studied famous authors? Picked up on what makes their books tick?

Have you prepared your ‘pitch’ in case you are ever stuck in an elevator with a publisher or that agent you are hoping to get a contract with?

Have you prepared your query and synopsis?

Now comes the biggie: have you fully fleshed out your characters, plot, and edited to the hilt?

Answer all of the questions above and perhaps you are now ready to submit.

The next step in a writer’s life is patience. When you send out your manuscript don’t twiddle your thumbs or wait around. Begin your next writing project.

One thing before I wrap up – be patient when you do get a contract. Some publishing houses don’t release until a year, even two years, down the line. That’s why I wrote begin your next project asap because once a book is contracted comes the other fun…marketing and promotion. Tons of legwork but necessary steps in order to get the buzz about you and your book out to the general public.


Amy DeTrempe said...

I am amazed at what has to be done with regard to marking and promotion. It was so much easier to write and edit it.

Lea Schizas - Author/Editor said...

Amy, if you take one day of the week where you do nothing but market and promote your books then it's not as hard as you may think.

I mark every Wednesday as my online marketing and promoting day where I blog, visit groups making sure I leave my signature with a link back to my site or blog posts, contact reviewers, request interviews, etc.

When you dedicate a day a week and do nothing but your promoting, you free up your other days in the week to write and edit.

Hope this helps.

Margaret Fieland said...

Lea -- words of wisdom, indeed -- no books published yet, but a couple of things have started on their journey towards publication -- and yes, I'm working on my next project...


Karen Cioffi said...

Boy, I'm still trying to be focused and keep specific tasks to specific days and times. Just doesn't seem to happen.

Thanks for the great writing tips!


Susan Hornbach said...

Thanks for the advise Lea. A lot can be done in one day. Fliting around the Internet and making phone calls for eight hours; I think a lot could be accomplished in that time span.

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