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Question about publishing? Topic: How to write a in different fonts
May 26, 2019 / By Ellenor
Question: Although I am too young now, I am thinking of publishing a novel when I'm old enough. However, I am a little confused about some of the steps that you have to do in order to get published. For example: How do you write an acceptable manuscript? For example, which font and size do you use? Do you really underline words that are supposed to be in italics? Do you write the title name in a different sized font? What other information do you have to include? How do you write a good query letter? If you're writing a series (which I am planning to do), do you mention this in the query letter somewhere? How *do* you publish a book? I understand that you send the query letter first and then the manuscript (if the agent is interested), but what happens next? Thanks in advance (and sorry for all the questions)!
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Christa Christa | 7 days ago
Standard manuscript format is 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced, first line indented and no extra space between paragraphs. One inch margins. Other than that, you will need to read the exact requirements of wherever you are submitting it. Each publisher wants something different. Now, write a good story. Take classes, join online critique groups, find a live critique group if at all possible. Check out books from the library about writing. Writers have a saying that you must write one million useless words before you start to be a good writer. So get started. While you are doing this, make yourself familiar with the publishing world. No one can give you this information because it is constantly changing. Go to the websites of places that publish the things you want to read, and the things you write. Especially short stories, as it is easier to get them published. If you want to do this it will require keeping up on this work every day for years. But that's okay. Some of my best friends come from my writing group, and I love reading, so the rest is also fun. Good luck!
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Christa Originally Answered: Would you suggest publishing with Shadow Mountain publishing? If so why, and if not, why not?
I haven't seen anything bad about them anywhere. However, they are not on Preditors and Editors' list, so I am wondering how long they've been open. If they're still recent, it can be hard to tell what they're like. It is a good sign though that they have a book on the NYT bestseller list. But, asker, you do not just "publish with". You have to submit your work and they decide if they want to publish you. And do they publish the kind of book you want to publish? How much research have you done to find them? So here's more info: First of all, you do not contact anybody until after your book is finished. Your ideas and unedited unfinished manuscripts are worthless. Second, all writers should know Yog's Law: the money ALWAYS flows towards the author. Any agent who asks you for money upfront is a scammer. Any publisher who asks you for money upfront is either a scammer or a vanity press and often enough, they're both. 1/ Write your book to the highest standard. Learn all you can about the craft. Get it criticised by people who are neither your friends, family or teachers. Get your ego crushed. If they say it is terrible (and they will. All first drafts are awful), ask why. Ignore anybody who says it's great, they're not helping. Follow people's advice. Then rewrite it all. Go get crushed again. Rewrite. Then edit and edit and edit. Repeat that process as many times as you need until people are just criticising tiny unimportant details. Keep in mind it is UNACCEPTABLE to have grammatical, punctuation or spelling errors or typos in a manuscript you submit. 2/ Research. A LOT. Research how the publishing industry works. When you know how things work, start researching for an agent. Writers' Market is there for that purpose. Find agents who cater to your genre. Do a background check on them to make sure they are legit. I suggest the forum Absolute Write to start with. These guys are very good. Also google "Agent Name + scam" and read what people are saying. Then find out their query requirements and query. Get rejected. Often. Just persevere. Eventually you might be accepted. If that is the case, move on to step 3 3/ You and your agent will probably do some more editing and then your agent will help you query publishers. Again, research publishers before querying and make sure you follow their query guidelines. Again, get rejected a lot. 4/ If you're one of the lucky few, you will be accepted. A legitimate publisher will NOT ask you for any money. In fact, they will pay YOU an advance and if your book sells well, you'll get royalties after that. If your book doesn't sell well you keep your advance and the publisher is the one who will be at a loss. That's why publishers are so hard to get. They take a big financial risk when they take you on. It also means they are much more motivated to sell your book. The publisher will provide: editing, cover artist, formatting, printing, marketing, copyright registration if you're in the US, ISBN and distribution at a cost of ZERO to you. The alternative is self-publishing, but I don't recommend it unless you're a talented businessman. Be aware there are free options out there (lulu.com or Amazon Kindle for example) and certainly plenty which don't cost thousands. That alternative means you are alone. You do all the work. All the marketing, all the editing, the cover art (unless you buy extra options). They just print it for you. Be wary of vanity presses posing as Print On Demand and self-publishers (again google Name + scam and ask the guys at Absolute Write.). Be aware that self-publishing also means you will probably not sell a lot of books if any. It's a great option if you just want a few copies for friends and family or a small local project (ie a History of your local parish or a book about your family's ancestors.) Be aware that self-publishing does not count as publishing credits and you would not be able to join any professional writers guild as well as being constantly reminded of the fact that your work was not selected by professionals. You will also have more trouble finding reviewers for your book as many bloggers, websites and most magazines and newspapers have a no self-published books review policy. I especially advise against self-publishing if you are a young writer because you are not yet able to judge how good your book really is and a bad self-published book out there might destroy any future writing career you might have as every publisher you'll contact at age 30 will see it with a simple google search.
Christa Originally Answered: Would you suggest publishing with Shadow Mountain publishing? If so why, and if not, why not?
This Site Might Help You. RE: Would you suggest publishing with Shadow Mountain publishing? If so why, and if not, why not? Would you suggest publishing with ShadowMountain publishing? If so why, and if not, why not, and do you know of any good publishers?. I am trying to publish my novel, but I have no idea who to publish with. Any suggestions?
Christa Originally Answered: Would you suggest publishing with Shadow Mountain publishing? If so why, and if not, why not?
I would certainly submit to them. I Googled "Shadow Mountain Publishing complaints, and there weren't ANY, just a note that they've had a book in the NYT Bestseller list. That's pretty good stuff. However, you do understand, don't you, that you can't just "publish with them." You have to submit your work for review, and they have to decide it they like it enough to publish it. Just in case you have trouble finding it, here's the link to their submission guides. http://www.shadowmountain.com/submission... If you just want people to be able to read your book, do Wattpad. If you're serious about getting published, read the Writer Beware blog to learn about rip-offs, and Query Shark to learn how to write query letters. Then, if you want to find out everything about submitting, read the archived works of Miss Snark, who blogged for years, and was a bigtime New York Agent. Good luck.

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Get a copy of "Writer's Market" or a similar publication and read it. It will explain it all to you. The last thing you need to worry about now is what font to use. Read, read, read, and then write, rewrite, and rewrite, and continue to read more in between.
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Audrey Originally Answered: Publishing?
The best place for beginners to start looking for a publisher is "Writer's Market" - a list of publishers and their submission guidelines. Always double check the source, though, to make sure the place still exists and that those are the correct guidelines. Most libraries have a copy. http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Market-200... This is a cut and paste from another question I answered, but I think it might be what you are looking for. First you need to finish the book. Also, publishers look for people who already have a successful writing background, so you may want to establish a freelance writing resume by publishing some non-fiction articles in major publications. Then you'll need an agent. Here's the link to the WritingWorld advice on agents: http://www.writing-world.com/publish/ind... I've actually been doing some research on publishing and agents while I've been working on my book, as well. Here's some of the information I have found. One thing is certain - a reputable agent never gets paid up front. Their pay comes when they've done the work for you and found the publisher. So if any agent is asking for fees up front - it's more than likely that they're shady. I found this excerpt from "Finding an Agent" by Judith Bowen on absolutewrite.com. -Check out books in the library that list literary agents. [“The Insider's Guide to Getting and Agent” - Lori Perkins: http://www.amazon.com/Insiders-Guide-Get... “A Guide to Literary Agents” published by Writer's Market: http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Literary-Agents-2007/dp/1582974322/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b/002-4784477-9094469?ie=UTF8&qid=1178756790&sr=8-1 ]See if they are members of reputable professional organizations. Go to writers' conferences. Talk to other published authors. Gradually put together your own short list and send out query letters describing your manuscript--the fact that yours is completed is a plus-- starting with the first agent on your list and working your way down. Chances are, none of them will take you on. Don't give up. Get out there and sell your manuscript to a publisher. Contrary to what you might have imagined - that it's the agent's job to sell your book - the truth is, your book is going to have to sell itself, whether you send it out or an agent does. Then, when you're offered that contract, contact your short list of agents again, starting at the top, and mention you've got a contract to negotiate and you'll be pretty pleased to find that the response will be quite different. Maybe your first choice or your second still won't be interested, but your third or fourth will. If you've done your research, he or she will still be a fine agent with a good reputation. - Here are "Seven Essential Points on Literary Agents": http://www.book-editing.com/nagle1.htm Another good idea for looking for an agent is to read books similar to the ones you want to publish. See if there's any way you can find out who their agent was. It's best to know who else the agent has represented, especially when querying. It lets them know you've done your research. Once you've done that research, check out if the agent is listed here at Preditors and Editors: http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/peala.htm It’s a link to a list of literary agents, but it's alphabetical, not by genre - but this is from a reputable group that looks out for a writer's best interest. Don’t query the ones with the red “Not recommended” notes. Then there is self-publishing. Watch out for vanity presses that overcharge you. There is now http://www.lulu.com which is very reputable. I have used them, and the results were quality. Whichever way you choose, roll up your sleeves. There's lots of work involved. It's very much worth the effort though. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavours!
Audrey Originally Answered: Publishing?
I think that we shouldn't just be talking about Teen's Getting Published here, I think we should introduce the topic of Bad Writers Getting Published in general. Of course I agree that teens generally don't have enough life experience to write a proper book. But there are many published authors (I use authors loosely) who are lacking that life experiance also (I don't care what you say, some kids go through much worse than most adults do). There are teens I know (because I am a teen writer - I use writer loosely - myself) who hope to get published and can't form a proper sentence, but there are also adults who can't write properly either. Now, let's imagine a teenager does write a book that is incredible, while an adult writes one that's equally incredible. Both manuscripts are presented to a publisher, who can only choose one. Who do you think will get published? The publisher will have the impression that the Teen's is worse BECAUSE they are a teen. The publisher will be biased over age and the Adult's book will be in stores by the next month. This is a pretty far fetched tale, but when quality IS considered and the book is great, this is what is most likely to happen. I'm completely agreeing with you that most Teen writers aren't skilled enough to write a brilliant novel. Still, you are being biased by saying that ONLY teens are lacking the life experiance and aren't skilled enough to be authors.

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