The path to publishing your novel: a step-by-step guide to the publication process for first-time authors
Step 1: Understanding the role of agents, publishers and self-publishing platforms
Okay. So. You’ve written your novel. You’ve edited, polished, redrafted and tweaked. You’ve sent it out to trusted friends and family for feedback, and you’re as sure as you can be that it’s ready to go.
The world of publishing can seem like a confusing, forbidden landscape to emerging authors. It’s filled with bewildering terminology and an overwhelming set of rules that you’re just expected to know, on pain of instant rejection.
But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Over the next few posts, I’m going to go through some of the key steps involved in navigating the publishing process, and look at how you can give yourself the best chance of success.
An occasional series looking at the genesis of a story, from the initial spark of inspiration, through conceptual development, the writing process, and what happens next. You’ll find writing tips at the end, based on what I’ve learned along the way. In this blog, I’ll be looking at Little Feet, my Christmas-themed ghost story that appears in the newly released anthology It Calls From The Veil.
One of the stories I like to share with classes or mentoring clients, when discouragement seems to loom, is how long it took me to go from a completed first draft to a published novel with Edge of Heaven, my debut. (Twenty-two years, if you’re interested.) Little Feet beats that record by a country mile. Never give up .
That said, I’m not 100% sure when I first wrote Little Feet. I have a draft on my laptop that dates from 2001, but it’s not the earliest version; the earliest version is almost certainly on some floppy disk somewhere – it’s that old. Some time in the mid-90s is my best guess, and it wasn’t called Little Feet in those days. Back then, it laboured under the deeply unimaginative title of The Doll, and it was substantially different in several key ways.
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