Publishing Guidance

For those who wish to be traditionally published, I can provide guidance from beginning outreach to after publication. I've organized the stages of work below, one through three. For those choosing to self-publish, stages two and three apply.

STAGE ONE: REACHING OUT TO LITERARY AGENTS

Is your manuscript ready to be submitted? First, let's make sure this is so. If it isn't, I can help you get it ready. Then I'll work with you in creating submission materials, selecting and communicating with agents, choosing editors to suggest (if you get an agent), and navigating the phases of the submission process and editor offers. 


STAGE TWO: PREPARING AND PLANNING FOR YOUR BOOK LAUNCH

The next phases are similar for traditional and self-published authors. I can walk you through making suggested changes to the manuscript, copyediting, responding to book design, and working with marketing and publicity. In the year prior to publication, I'll help you set your goals from among the dozens of major avenues you could pursue, then plan and prepare. Tasks can include gathering contacts and other resources, choosing how you'll seek attention, planning events, setting up social media and an author website (for which I can help you develop structure and content), encouraging pre-orders, writing essays for possible publication to help bring attention to your book, and so much more. Phew!


STAGE THREE: BRINGING YOUR BOOK BABY TO THE PEOPLE

Now it's time to celebrate, gather any accolades your book inspires, and enact your post-publication plans--from doing author talks and visiting book groups to continuing to seek publicity and reviews, posting on social media, encouraging sales, keeping your spirits up (because every actual book launch leads to some lost fantasies), and maintaining records of contacts, gathering names for your mailing list, and other things to make the next time a bit easier . . . Launching a book is a multifaceted and demanding undertaking, but it's a little less stressful with an ally to serve as a touchstone while you're going through it.