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Steps involved in getting published

After months of spending time in front of a screen, typing away hours on end, you finally have a script. It’s time to get published.

But how does one do it? Below you’ll find the steps involved in getting published put in a simplified manner.

Prep work

There are few things a writer must consider before going through the process of getting published. It is important to go through these questions since they will help you figure out your way through the publishing process, or rather, getting chosen to get published.

The first thing to consider is the genre of the book you’re writing. Deciding on the genre of the piece is important because based on that, you’ll be able to decide further important aspects.

Next, decide who the target audience would be. Any form of art is not for everyone, and the same can be said for books.

The final thing to consider would be your existing platform. Having a blog is always a good idea since it gives an idea of your writing style to your ideas besides building a reader base. It is never a good idea to jump into the writing world without any sort of audience since it could hurt sales. So, make sure that you are active on social media and have a blog.

Steps for getting published

The first step in getting yourself published is to edit the writing yourself. Of course your piece will be edited once again, and maybe even more times, once it is accepted by the publishing company, but you should edit it yourself too. Make sure that all those small, obvious spelling or grammatical errors are gone. Having an error-free sample gives a good impression to the company you’re sending your work to.

Once that is out of the way, you should check what the website of the specific company you want to submit your work to says about submissions. Usually, they will ask for a proposal or a part of the manuscript.

In case a proposal is asked, you have to make sure that you put in all the details of your work. A proposal is usually 10-25 pages long, so you should fit in your details accordingly.

Sometimes, sending a query letter is a good measure too. A query letter usually consists of an elevator pitch, the synopsis, target audience and your personal info. For an elevator pitch, you should simply mention the premise of the book. Your personal information should contain connections to your platform. That’s the sole purpose of your personal information, to show them what your existing audience looks like. So, it should contain your social media information and a link to your blog.

The remainder of the publishing process is handled by the company once they’ve accepted your script.

The most important thing is to not feel discouraged even if you get discouraged. Not everyone will be able to see the plus points of your script. It usually takes a number of times for your script to be finally accepted anywhere. With all these tips, the process of publishing in the writer’s part should be clearer to you.

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This article was written by Diksha Goswami

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