Week 10 Report: So Ya Wanna Publish Your Book

Last week in novel-writing class, I gave my students THE PUBLISHING PACKET, a spiral bound goldmine of information. The students are getting their manuscripts ready to share with their Beta Groups, and so it seemed like a good time to prepare them for the task of sharing their words with others. Chelsea Jackman humorously reports on what she learned. Also: don’t worry. Some of these concepts WILL be covered in later weeks.

The Fishbowl Chronicles

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List of things you’ll need:

Manuscript
Jacket copy
Cover letter
An agent
The patience of Job

What to do:

Prepare a manuscript
Write your jacket copy
Write your cover letter
Send it!
Wait, wait, and wait some more

                     

I’ve written this book, and I want people to read it.  How can I publish it?”

First, let me just say that ebook self-publishing is not a sin.

My mother has published two ebooks and is working on more.  That’s awesome.  If you’d like to see her developing children’s series, click here: The Adventures of Whippy the Whale.  You’ll also get to see some of my art … I’m her illustrator.  *grin*

But, if you’re following and reading a blog by Cathy Day, I’m assuming you’re more interested in having a lovely clean, neat, perfectly typeset printed book in a pretty, shiny dust jacket, published by Random House or…

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