Need advice

Hello fellow bloggers,

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know that I feel called to share my personal story to help others who may feel hopeless, broken, or unworthy. I’m going through the writing process and have been exploring the publishing options. I’d love to hear from others who have had a book published. Did you self publish? If so, why? Did you get an agent? If so, how? Recommendations for an editor?

Any tips for a first time author are welcome!

Thank you!

2 thoughts on “Need advice

  1. Grace, I do have some suggestions, but many other aspiring writers do too, so I will put a post up on my writing site today for you and them 🙂 I think you are so smart to ask for help! Too many eager writers are now rushing to self-publication without even thinking about editors. And many are paying for publishing, then realizing they have nothing left to hire people to do a good job in helping get the book ready.

    In a nutshell, though, my advice is to create a strong writer’s presence online, sell small pieces to paying publications (magazines, journals) and keep the rights to them so they can go in a book later; go to writer’s conferences to meet editors, agents and fellow writers; read loads of books from Writer’s Digest (even from the library) on the craft of writing, THEN send book queries to traditional (paying) publishers. The most successful self-published authors I’m seeing are those who have already learned the craft well and have been previously traditionally published, so understand the level of professionalism involved. It makes me crazy that so many self-publishing companies are preying on confused aspiring writers.

    I think you should start by sharing pieces of your story on this blog, and make it clear who you are. Use your full name to start giving editors a chance to get to know you online as an author. But use an editor if you need to to get good quality writing online, too, as it sticks forever!



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