How to Publish Your Book or Article

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This class was presented in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 19, 2011 to published and unpublished aspiring writers. It was taught by Debbie Merion, writing coach, debbie@essaycoaching.com.

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How to Publish Your Book or Article

  1. 1. Publish Locally, Get Read Globally Presented Sat. July 19, 2011,10:30 AM - Noon Ann Arbor Rec and Ed Conference Room Debbie Merion, MSW www.essaycoaching.com [email_address]
  2. 2. Goals of the Class <ul><li>Familiarize you with some amazing local publications </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a brief overview of the process of publishing your work in print and online </li></ul>
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  7. 7. Publishing Articles Locally
  8. 8. Five steps to publishing locally (1) <ul><li>1. Clarify your story </li></ul><ul><li>2. Explore local online publications on the handout and read </li></ul><ul><li>--writers’ guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>--deadline for submission </li></ul><ul><li>--who is the editor? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Five steps to publishing locally (2) <ul><li>3. Envision—where exactly will the story go? Look at the number of words, and the style. Write for that space. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Email an editor a query/pitch if you don’t have the entire story written. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Submit and be patient, but check back. </li></ul>
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  12. 12. Publishing Books Locally <ul><li>Is your idea a book? </li></ul><ul><li>Is your idea a book that hasn’t been written? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to write without thought of publishing? </li></ul>
  13. 13. To self-publish a completed manuscript: <ul><li>eBook (Kindle, nook) </li></ul><ul><li>Print on demand (through createspace.com, U-M Espresso book machine </li></ul><ul><li>Printhouse like iUniverse or lulu.com. </li></ul><ul><li>Local printer (Kinkos, Thompson-Shore) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISBN: bowker.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>authorsguild.org websites for writers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.marketingnewauthors.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. To publish a completed manuscript: <ul><li>Find an agent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask other writers you know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a class – Gotham writers writingclasses.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read preface in similar books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact publishers directly - use Writer’s Market (book or online at writersmarket.com) or contact Ann Arbor publishers. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Ann Arbor Area Book Publishers <ul><li>Huron River Press </li></ul><ul><li>Robbie Dean Press </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan Press </li></ul><ul><li>Dzanc books </li></ul><ul><li>Wayne State University Press </li></ul>
  16. 16. Books on Publishing Books <ul><li>Putting Your Passion Into Print-Eckstut and Sterry </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking Like Your Editor-Rabiner and Fortunato </li></ul><ul><li>How to Write a Book Proposal-Larsen </li></ul>
  17. 17. Once published, how to use your online publication links? <ul><li>In your email signature </li></ul><ul><li>On Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>On Linkedin </li></ul><ul><li>In work proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Book proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Biography </li></ul>
  18. 18. Websites about Writing <ul><li>www.writersmarket.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.writersdigest.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.pw.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.awpwriter.org/magazine/ </li></ul>
  19. 19. Goals of the Class <ul><li>Familiarize you with some amazing local publications </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a brief overview of the process of publishing your work in print and online </li></ul>
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  21. 21. Publish Locally, Get Read Globally Presented Sat. July 19, 2011,10:30 AM - Noon Ann Arbor Rec and Ed Conference Room Debbie Merion, MSW www.essaycoaching.com [email_address]

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