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The Publishing Options of Today
How to publish your fiction
How to ‘make it’ as an author in
three not-so-easy steps:
Write a good story
2. Publish it
3. Repeat
1.
Write a Good Story
How

do I know my story is ready to be

published?
◦ Free of spelling and grammatical errors
◦ Strange...
Write a Good Story
Where

do I find strangers to critique my

story?
◦ Find a creative writing group that works for
you
◦...
Publish It
Your

publishing options

1. Traditional Publishing
2. Indie Publishing
Traditional Publishing
The

way authors have been published for
at least the past 50-100yrs

Publishers

control the dis...
Traditional Publishing
How

to publish your short story
traditionally
◦ Submit your story to magazines along with a
cover...
Traditional Publishing
Where

to find magazines

◦ Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market
◦ Online:
 http://duotrope.com
Traditional Publishing
How

to submit to magazines

◦ Read the magazine(s)
◦ Learn the style of fiction that they publish...
Traditional Publishing
How

to write a query letter

◦ Make it concise (two paragraphs of no more
than 3-4 sentences each...
Traditional Publishing
Be

patient and persistent

◦ Magazines can receive 100s of submissions
but only publish a few sto...
Indie Publishing
A

viable option since 2010
Bookstores are closing and content is
migrating online
Authors can bypass ...
Indie Publishing
How

to self-publish your short story

◦ Design a book cover and format your story
so that it is compati...
Indie Publishing
Online

distributors

◦ Amazon KDP
 Kindle Direct Publishing allows an author to publish
their story st...
Traditional vs. Indie
Time

◦ Traditional publishing involves a lot of waiting.
It can take months or even years before y...
Traditional vs. Indie
Money

◦ Valid traditional publishers will pay you
money upfront. All services (editing, art,
forma...
Traditional vs. Indie
Money

◦ Traditional publishers usually pay around 15%
royalties for novels
◦ For indie publishing,...
Traditional vs. Indie
Control

◦ Traditional publishers can make editorial,
marketing, formatting, cover art decisions
wi...
Traditional vs. Indie
Reaching

readers

◦ Traditional publishing: if you’re published in a
magazine with a wide readersh...
Traditional vs. Indie
Reaching

readers

◦ Traditional publishing: a well-established
magazine will already have its own ...
Traditional vs. Indie
In

summary:

◦ There are no guarantees with either route.
Research carefully and choose the option...
For more information:
Digital

Book World:

◦ http://www.digitalbookworld.com/
Publisher’s

Weekly:

◦ http://www.publis...
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  1. 1. The Publishing Options of Today How to publish your fiction
  2. 2. How to ‘make it’ as an author in three not-so-easy steps: Write a good story 2. Publish it 3. Repeat 1.
  3. 3. Write a Good Story How do I know my story is ready to be published? ◦ Free of spelling and grammatical errors ◦ Strangers have given you positive feedback  Friends and family don’t count because they are biased.
  4. 4. Write a Good Story Where do I find strangers to critique my story? ◦ Find a creative writing group that works for you ◦ Online:  www.critters.org
  5. 5. Publish It Your publishing options 1. Traditional Publishing 2. Indie Publishing
  6. 6. Traditional Publishing The way authors have been published for at least the past 50-100yrs Publishers control the distribution system to bookstores To reach readers, authors must go through publishers
  7. 7. Traditional Publishing How to publish your short story traditionally ◦ Submit your story to magazines along with a cover letter (also known as a ‘query letter’) ◦ You will receive rejections letters ◦ Persevere
  8. 8. Traditional Publishing Where to find magazines ◦ Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market ◦ Online:  http://duotrope.com
  9. 9. Traditional Publishing How to submit to magazines ◦ Read the magazine(s) ◦ Learn the style of fiction that they publish ◦ Make sure that your story is a good fit for their magazine ◦ Follow the magazine’s submission guidelines ◦ Submit your story with a query letter
  10. 10. Traditional Publishing How to write a query letter ◦ Make it concise (two paragraphs of no more than 3-4 sentences each) ◦ Tell them why you’ve chosen to submit to their magazine and why your story might be a good fit ◦ Give them some background information about yourself (esp. previous publications)
  11. 11. Traditional Publishing Be patient and persistent ◦ Magazines can receive 100s of submissions but only publish a few stories ◦ It may be weeks or months before they can reply to you ◦ Do not hassle them for a quick response ◦ If your story is rejected, do not give up ◦ Find another suitable magazine to submit to
  12. 12. Indie Publishing A viable option since 2010 Bookstores are closing and content is migrating online Authors can bypass publishers and upload their stories directly to online etailers Authors no longer need bookstores to reach readers
  13. 13. Indie Publishing How to self-publish your short story ◦ Design a book cover and format your story so that it is compatible with online e-tailers and digital reading devices ◦ Upload your story online
  14. 14. Indie Publishing Online distributors ◦ Amazon KDP  Kindle Direct Publishing allows an author to publish their story straight into Amazon’s store ◦ Smashwords  An online distributor that will send your story into the virtual stores of major e-tailers like Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo
  15. 15. Traditional vs. Indie Time ◦ Traditional publishing involves a lot of waiting. It can take months or even years before your work is published. ◦ Indie/self-publishing is almost instantaneous. It can take a few minutes to a few weeks before your work is available to readers.
  16. 16. Traditional vs. Indie Money ◦ Valid traditional publishers will pay you money upfront. All services (editing, art, formatting, etc.) are free. ◦ Indie publishing may include upfront costs if you choose to hire cover artists, professional editors, or formatters. However, the actual online upload process is free.
  17. 17. Traditional vs. Indie Money ◦ Traditional publishers usually pay around 15% royalties for novels ◦ For indie publishing, you will not be paid upfront, but distributors normally pay around 70% royalties for all stories based on a list price that you choose
  18. 18. Traditional vs. Indie Control ◦ Traditional publishers can make editorial, marketing, formatting, cover art decisions without your approval ◦ With indie publishing, you will control all aspects of how your final story appears
  19. 19. Traditional vs. Indie Reaching readers ◦ Traditional publishing: if you’re published in a magazine with a wide readership, you could potentially reach 100s if not 1000s of readers. ◦ Indie publishing: if you’re an unknown author, your story may be lost in a crowded marketplace.
  20. 20. Traditional vs. Indie Reaching readers ◦ Traditional publishing: a well-established magazine will already have its own readership and marketing plans. ◦ Indie publishing: without a built-in readership, you must devise your own marketing strategies, such as free giveaways, to increase your visibility.
  21. 21. Traditional vs. Indie In summary: ◦ There are no guarantees with either route. Research carefully and choose the option that is best for you. ◦ Most of all, remember to keep writing and never give up. ◦ Good luck!
  22. 22. For more information: Digital Book World: ◦ http://www.digitalbookworld.com/ Publisher’s Weekly: ◦ http://www.publishersweekly.com/ Nathan Bransford’s blog: ◦ http://nathanbransford.com/
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