How to Publish a novelPublishing a novel
Sophomore Russell Smith: Six hints for writing and publishing your first volume
I have been dealing with the question of how to release a work for many years. It' s a scarce time of the year in which I don't get a piece for a historic fiction or a remembrance of a hilariously funny restoration, along with a serious plea to accelerate its release with my many mighty publishing comrades.
They are heart-rending because they mirror a misconception about what possible impact I could have (pretty much none) and how publishing work. How come everyone all of a sudden thinks that a novel could be a sustainable deal, even in the face of bad stories from authors and editors about their dwindling assets and the disappearances of readership?
Every article about a depressive writer has an amazing track record of a different genre: a self-published science fiction novel by a first writer who wrote a million books; a children's novel that the mother of each has reread; a new forum that allows each amateur to target a million young people in the Philippines.
We, the press, are in charge of highlighting the commercial aspect of these businesses and reaffirming the notion that a textbook is just a conception, and its detailed detail is worked out by the board. Most of the works are still authored by single people. There are new ways of publication, but so far they are completely dependant on large on-line libraries that focus on certain categories - especially phantasy, science fiction and Romantic.
There is a very different and still very old-fashioned way of working in the traditional publisher business, which many still want to penetrate: How to promote your product is not the tough part. There is no use in a sales promotion scheme without a good old story, and a good old story is no good until it's over.
Focus on finishing an award-winning work - the kind of work you' d like to see for yourself - before you think about what you're doing with it. Nobody's gonna take your notion. Everybody has many great stories for novels (and for films and applications and for thematic nightclubs); only a few folks realize them.
There is no point in having an idee on its own in the field of literature (especially if you are not an incumbent author). It will be appealing by the way this concept is spelled, and it is difficult to write. Authors are not interested in reading suggestions, but in finished work.
You can tell anyone what you're working on right now: it's even a good thought, because you might arouse some interest. Auntie and your instructor will have very different views of what makes a great novel.
Not even pros who bill you for the "manuscript evaluation" have any clue what every publisher is looking for in a particular year. Those vainty newspapers that pledge to you that they are marketing and promoting your literature are shark; nobody is reading their deales. If you submit your script to an agent or publisher, keep in mind that nothing matters except what is actually in your page count - no notes from blogs, no classes you have attended, no possible coversigns.
It is still the most precise and useful way to describe how to create a work. You' re gonna have to fill this seat until it's inscribed.