How to Write and Publish a Book
Read here to find out how to write and publish a book whether you're 73
or 11 years old.
Do be realistic about your expectations. Writing should be a hobby. The
prospect should be fun and not a chore. Being published is not all there
is to realm of writing - enjoy what you're doing!
Please also note that if you're under 18, publishers tend not to bother
with all the legal hassle. Since you are not of age to sign the contract,
and need parental consent, this brings further problems, and publishers
tend to avoid young authors for that reason. This being said, it's still
a good thing to try anyway. You just might make it.
1Begin forming ideas and jot them down. Afterwards, select the ones you
want. Some people choose to simply start to write with only one sentence
in their head. Whichever way you do it, it's fine, but the most common
way is actually starting with an idea. You'll find that after the first
sentence, the ideas will pop into your head and it'll flow. Just keep
2Don't worry about errors; you can correct them later. You get the best
stories by continuing on and not looking at the screen. If you keep
looking at the screen, chances are you will want to change everything
right away instead of continuing on with the story.
3There should not be a limit on how much you can write a day, but create
a minimum. It will help you focus on the story. Never stop; no matter how
bad it seems, JUST KEEP GOING! This is the most important thing! If you
have anyone around you that discourages you, shoo them away or ignore
them. Better still, work in a quiet or empty place.
4Once you finish your story, it should follow the guidelines which
publishers Allen and Unwin follow:Junior fictionFor beginner readers,
aged 5-8, word length 5,000-10,000
For confident readers, aged 7-10, word length 10,000-30,000
For middle readers, aged 11-14, word length 30,000-55,000
Young adult novelsFor teenage readers, aged 13-16, word length 40,000-
For mature teenage and older readers, aged 15+, word length 40,000-
For a total list and for more information and writing and publishing, go
to "Submission Guidelines" on the Allen and Unwin website.
5Recheck and re-edit your story as many times as you need to. It can't be
stressed how much this is necessary. However, don't keep editing if you
don't know what the problem is. Over-editing is possible and dangerous,
so get others to check it. They can spot things better than the author
6Research different publishers. You may choose to self publish, but
getting published by a big time publisher is better for getting a larger
audience. Most publishers only choose to publish or even read solicited
material - that is, manuscripts gone through an agent. Agents usually
also choose to read only material that they are acquainted with - or the
authors they know. Prices range. However, there are quite a few
publishers that do publish unsolicited material, such as Penguin or Allen
7Once you have decided on a few publishers (the more the better), start
researching about them. Some choose to publish for adults only selected
genres, but all information should be available on their websites. Some
have different guidelines and word limits, or whether it need be
solicited or not. Some also require a synopsis - a summary. However,
almost all publishers require a hard copy (printed) version of your
story. Also, keep in mind their specifications. Some publishers prefer
double spaced lines, with a certain type of font in a certain size, etc.
Stick to what they specify. Do not send emailed copies or ones on a disc,
unless stated you may. Usually they don't tend to return them, so keep
your original with you.
8Wait and wait. Send your copies to all available that you can. It may
take up to four months or more, maybe, to get it edited. If you get it,
well done! You get to see it in the stores! However, the publisher
usually doesn't advertise it for you.<
Publishers won't advertise your book. That's up to you, the author. They
market it out, but they don't advertise it except for maybe on their
websites. Tell friends and family, and put fliers up around your
city/town. Sometimes you may even get a local book store to advertise
Remember; regardless of your age, most publishers will still publish for
you if your story is good! Be prepared to take criticism and use it
Keep writing! While everyone has a different editing style, most people
find it most helpful to write as much as they can while the ideas are
fresh, and revise the story later.
Stick to the plot. If you have another idea, jot it down, and try and see
where you can wedge it in without leading the story into a completely
Remember publisher/agent etiquette. Don't submit to so many, especially
if they specify not to. Patience is the key. After a month or two with no
reply, then perhaps you can try others. Remember: unsolicited work
generally is left until later and can take up to many months to get to.
Toss "rules of writing" out the window. There are mechanics to the
language: punctuation, general sentence structure, etc. However, never be
tied down with what you read online when it concerns rules such as "never
write in passive language," to "avoid using said," or to "never use
adverbs." Editing can always come after, anyway.
Try numerous publishers. Some will take you, while some won't.
Always edit your own work before submitting it. No publishing company
will accept your work if it's full of spelling and grammatical errors or
If meeting the publisher, make sure you actually show up on time and be
yourself; don't put on an act or be nervous. Sometimes publishers tend to
already have decided and just want to go through protocol.
Don't fall into the trap of avoiding "said." Many new writers tend to
think that using the word "said" gives an overuse of the word. However,
this isn't the case. Take the following:"Come on!" Joseph cried. He ran
around the garden excitedly.
"Yes or no?" Mother inquired as she walked down the stairs to him.
In both cases the words "cried" and "inquired" are used. However, the
rest of the dialogue already gives the reader the idea that Joseph is
excited and Mother is relaxed. You don't have to have words like
"inquired," "quoted," "denied," or "stated." "Said" is perfectly fine and
is shorter. It lets the reader form the image themselves without having
you butt in and pave the way for them.
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