When you want to become a published author, there are certain steps that you have to take to be successful in bringing your book to the public. Some tips to aid you in this process are discussed below for your consideration.
- The first step in becoming published as an author is to make sure that your writing and editing skills are at their best. There are several guides on writing and editing for sale at your local bookstore, and there are also a number of wonderful writer's magazines with tips and examples to help you. You also need to get a copy of Writer's Market that is current for that year. These books list all of the current agents, publishers, magazines and others who are interested in written work. They have guidelines, articles on how to write query letters and set up manuscripts, and other helpful information that is indispensable to an aspiring author. You can also call a publishing house to check on details.
- The next step is to take your manuscript, whatever genre or type that it is, and make sure that it is polished and at its best. You can join a writer's group in your area and have others more experienced read your work and give you suggestions for improvement.
- When you are ready to submit, follow the guidelines of the publisher, and check online for current changes to requirements. When you send it in, it should have a self addressed stamped envelope included for return of your work if rejected, the requested partial or full manuscript, and a query letter. The letter briefly explains you, your book, and the reason to have it brought out by this publisher. You should expect between a week to six months to hear back, depending on the publisher.
- The last ingredients are patience and determination. You have to keep improving your skills, reading, studying other's work, and sending out submissions no matter how many rejections you receive. You may want to start with a smaller publisher, or build your reputation by writing online content, for magazines, or similar assignments. With time, determination, and hard work, you will be successful in getting one of your pieces published. It is simply a matter of getting it in the right hands at the right time.
With the tips above, keeping focused on your goal, and always working to improve your writing, you will have a great start on becoming a published author.