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The Business of Writing and Publishing

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26 minutes ago, Mandamon said:

Yep. @Sarah B I've been through three cover artists and a cover layout company. It depends greatly on what you're willing to spend and what quality you want. That said, if you're going to self-pub, quality and content on book covers very much matters. 

Thank you. I've always imagined I would go traditional publishing but the closer I look into some of the realities and horror stories I'm wondering if that is the right call for me. On the other hand, the more I research self publishing the more tasks and details I realize fall to the author. It seems like self publishing requires a ton of organization, multi tasking, and outsourcing to skilled specialists (and therefore monetary investment). The degree of control and the potential rewards are very tempting though. 

I supose everyone struggles with this at one time or another. I'm wrapping up the first book I've written that feels like it may be 'something' so that has the gears turning wondering what to do with it once it's all shiney and finnished. 

I'm sorry I'm going to miss your pannels at world con! I work those nights but I was really interested to hear the pannel on self publishing you mentioned. 

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@Sarah B It is a lot of work, and especially for the first book, it ill be a challenge. That said, from what I can tell, trad publishing nowadays is really not doing all that much for the author, unless you're published through one of the big five and have a well-selling book. 

It also does require a monetary investment, probably $500 to $800 on the low side.

They might have recordings of the panels, not sure. But I'll be around here too!

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2 hours ago, Mandamon said:

 

They might have recordings of the panels, not sure. But I'll be around here too!

Awesome thank you!

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On 7/12/2020 at 11:27 AM, Sarah B said:

Thank you. I've always imagined I would go traditional publishing but the closer I look into some of the realities and horror stories I'm wondering if that is the right call for me. On the other hand, the more I research self publishing the more tasks and details I realize fall to the author. It seems like self publishing requires a ton of organization, multi tasking, and outsourcing to skilled specialists (and therefore monetary investment). The degree of control and the potential rewards are very tempting though. 

I'm getting ready for my 5th attempt at finding an agent. Getting traditionally published is still my goal even though the industry has a lot of flaws. 

I've published with small publishers (not the best experience ever), but since I have a tendency to get excited about things and then not follow through, I'm afraid to self publish. I worry I'll get the book partially ready and then never actually publish it. Or put a lot of effort into part of it and slack on the rest. 

 

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On 7/12/2020 at 8:27 AM, Sarah B said:

Thank you. I've always imagined I would go traditional publishing but the closer I look into some of the realities and horror stories I'm wondering if that is the right call for me. On the other hand, the more I research self publishing the more tasks and details I realize fall to the author. It seems like self publishing requires a ton of organization, multi tasking, and outsourcing to skilled specialists (and therefore monetary investment). The degree of control and the potential rewards are very tempting though. 

I'm agented and generally really enjoy it, though it does slow the whole process down. But eventually it should pay off with big advances and things (heck, even a small advance would be fine!) I also like knowing someone 'has my back' in the industry. Plus I get to meet all sorts of bigger name people through my agent, and through events like WorldCon and such because of the circles he's in.

Agents are definitely gatekeepers of Big Five, so if you have a dream of accessing places like Tor and such, an agent is your only option. But it is sloooooooow.

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Hello everyone! I'm new to this thread and excited for it! I just finished writing my first book and am looking to query agents now. Does anyone have advice or examples of a query letter they've written? I've been scouring youtube and it seems like a lot of people do it differently. 

Sanderson said in one lecture that in order to keep himself encouraged to keep writing and meeting his deadlines he pictured a "phantom cubicle" chasing him and I definitely related haha. I just wanted to share because I think it's great and it's now the way I'm going to explain why I write to people who ask me. 

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7 hours ago, SwordNimi said:

Does anyone have advice or examples of a query letter they've written? I've been scouring youtube and it seems like a lot of people do it differently

There's actually only really one or two 'right' ways to write a query, at least in SFF. Queryshark is a great place for query letter examples, and you can always sub one through here in a crit spot if you want our help, too!

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13 hours ago, SwordNimi said:

I just finished writing my first book and am looking to query agents now.

First of all, congratulations! 

6 hours ago, kais said:

There's actually only really one or two 'right' ways to write a query, at least in SFF. Queryshark is a great place for query letter examples, and you can always sub one through here in a crit spot if you want our help, too!

Link to QueryShark: https://queryshark.blogspot.com/?m=1

Link to Janet Reid's (aka QueryShark) blog: https://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/?m=1

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