Authors Helping Authors

Book Publishing Basics

Great blog site sharing insight and inspiration for authors taking the traditional publishing path.

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Almost every week I encounter an aspiring writer who asks for tips on getting a book published. When that happens, I like to offer the following seven practical steps for starting the journey. Most of this information applies to writers who have never published before, so if you’re already a successful author, you may want to share this with the aspiring writers who ask, “How’d you do it?”

1.Write well!

Regardless of how many poorly written books get published every year, this is still rule #1. Agents, editors, and readers are always looking for well-written books. Anyone can type words on a page, but skillfully crafted messages and stories are a delight.

2. Attend a writers conference or two.

Writers conferences are an opportunity to make connections with writers, editors, and agents. While you’re there, take workshops to learn all you can to hone your writing craft (refer to tip…

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