Congratulations!! You have just completed a 'work of art' which you consider worthy of publishing...so now what? Any writer will tell you that getting a particular piece of written work published is no easy feat, even if it has won over every reader or audience you have shared it with.
There is a process every potential writer needs to follow when they are in pursuit of getting their work published. There are steps to take and protocols to follow if you want to be taken seriously and get your 'work of art' the recognition it deserves. If you are just starting out, take advantage and check out all of the 'literary' resources and tools out there to help you get published. Exploring websites like the ITI's Literary Marketplace for listings of publishers is a great way to begin and searching the library or internet for step by step guides to publishing is another helpful means by which to get started. The following guidelines can also be quite useful when you begin the process of trying to get your work published:
- Find a publishing company that suits your type of work.
- Follow the publishing company's guidelines for submittal-to the letter!
- Create a 'query' letter introducing yourself along with a synopsis of the work you hope to get published.
- If necessary find yourself a Literary Agent either on-line or through your local directory. Literary Agents can be an invaluable asset in your pursuit because of their contacts at publishing houses. They also do not require payment from you up front, but rather collect a percentage or a fee when your work is sold.
- Join a writer's forum. These forums are a wealth of information and advice from other writers' who are going through the same thing or those who can share their experiences of how they accomplished getting their work published.
- Listen to the feedback you receive regarding your work. Consider making changes if necessary.
- Don't give up, keep trying, and be patient!
Even if you go through all the proper procedures, it can still be a challenge trying to get your work published and rejection is always a possibility. Staying committed, being persistence, and holding strong in your belief that your work is worthy of publishing will enable you to have the resolve to eventually reach your goal of becoming a published author!