What are the guidelines to get your book published?

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  • 7 months ago

    Since you asked for guidelines I won't go into the 'how to' stuff but a word to the wise, please, please make sure you know the business inside out, that you have the knowledge and ability to market your own stuff. I've seen someone traditionally publish before, the house went bust and her book was nearly a flop. Luckily she had the intelligence and the networking to be be able to get her book out there herself.

    Ensure your book is of a very high-standard, free of errors and interesting to potential buyers.

    Next, start researching agents that are publishing your type of story. Look at what they've published recently and which ones sold the best. Maybe even buy a few and read them. Look at the guidelines for submitting to that agency and double check the agent of your choice because some do have their own personal guidelines. Stick to those guidelines.

    Best of luck!

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    7 months ago

    There are so many guidelines it's hard to know where to begin with such a generalized question.

    First, you have to write what trade publishers are buying. That means your work has to have its word count fall within the acceptable range for its genre--fantasy is far longer than horror, for instance. Its content has to suit its genre and be right for the most likely readership. It can be similar to something already published and popular, but not too similar and not at all derivative.

    To meet those criteria, you need to be well-read in your genre's current offerings.

    Next up is whether your characters and story are interesting to potential readers. If they're not, nothing you could do will make that manuscript publishable.

    Assuming your story and its people are fascinating, now you get to the nuts and bolts of the writing itself. Your manuscript needs to be virtually error-free. Yes, we all make typos, but if you use the wrong word or can't punctuate and capitalize dialog and its tags correctly, count on rejection. Besides no mistakes, the writing itself needs to be good, the character development rich, the pacing right, the story unpredictable yet plausible.

    Achieving all this isn't something that happens very often on your first novel. Most of us wrote a million original words, which took about 10,000 hours, and got feedback, took classes, and otherwise upped our skills before we produced anything publishers wanted to see.

  • 7 months ago

    You can always SELF-PUBLISH.

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  • 7 months ago

    It depends what sort of book and what sort of publisher. Look up the name of the publisher and look for 'guidelines for submissions'. In North America, go to the library and borrow a copy of writers Market. It is all explained in there.

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  • 7 months ago

    I don't think there are any guidelines per say. From what I know, publishers don't want to deal with authors who are unpublished. A bit of a Catch 22. The way to get published is to volunteer to write for small newspapers and such. That way at least you are in print. You can work your way up to larger newspapers and magazines. Publishing on the internet - like a blog - carries almost no weight with real publishers. It really helps if you are writing about a subject that "sells". Everyone and their cousin has written a novel about some tragic character with deep emotions. Publishers are tired of throwing out such manuscripts.

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