I am 17 and i want to publish a book, will the publishers take me seriously?
Topic: How to write a critique of presentation
May 25, 2019 / By Jillie Question:
If the answer is yes, can anyone tell me whole publishing process and also the cost of publishing?
Best Answers: I am 17 and i want to publish a book, will the publishers take me seriously?
Frea | 9 days ago
Don't tell how old you are and deliver a professional presentation.
If you go for traditional publication, the only cost involved are the cost of printing up the manuscript and then mailing it out. If they try to charge you for anything, either you didn't do you homework well enough to realize they are vanity/self publishers, or they're a scam.
As for how to get good enough to be published? Here are the steps to take:
1. Finish the story.
2. Go back to fix the major and minor screw ups. (Like the main characters had brown eyes in chapter 1, but green eyes in chapter 8, you told the same thing twice, because you forgot you had already written that before, or you jumped over a couple of steps in the story to save space, but then you realize you need to show those steps to.)
3. Learn how to write a darn good story by reading books about how to do that. (Should have been step one, but hey, you already have the darn-good story, so don't peter out on the momentum you've already established.)
4. Now armed with this new knowledge, go back to revise your story to fit within all you've learned.
5. Revise, revise, revise, and then edit, edit, edit, until you just can't make it prettier.
6. Find other writers also working on their novels to critique their stories, while they critique yours.
7. Go back over your story, based on their critiques. (Revise, revise, revise, and then edit, edit, edit, until you just can't make it prettier, again.
8. Repeat 6 and 7, until they start nitpicking the most minor of things, because you can't ever make a novel perfect, or agreeable to everyone.
9. By the time you do all that stuff, you'll start learning just enough information about the publishing end of the business, to figure it out yourself most of the way, and for the stuff you don't get, you'll know enough other writers to ask questions. (This is going to be 3-5 years from now, if you hustle...longer if you dawdle.)
(Oh, and as for anyone who decides these aren't the complete steps, reread that last one. Of course they're not, but that last one covers how to learn the rest.)
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Originally Answered: Book publishers prefer 'said'?
I think your friend is right. However, there are many ways to write dialog that don't include the word "said" (says, asked/asks or whispered/whispers) or a synonym.
If the paragraphs are structured and the characters have been established well enough, sometimes quotes are sufficient. For example,
"Hi, how are you?"
"Very well, thanks." It's obvious that's only two people talking, not 3 different characters reciting.
And sometimes, dialogue may just follow an action:
-- She glanced nervously in the mirror. "What am I supposed to see?"
Said/says might be the preferred way (or so I learned in my creative writing classes in college), but as readers we are not supposed to notice the word. Like with any part of the story, we're supposed to be aware of the images--the movie that plays in our heads as we read, if you will-- not the actual words.
First you need to get yourself a literary agent. This is where you will need to do some research. Get yourself a copy of the Writers Market - that contains list of literary agencies. Make a list of all the agencies that represent your genre. Do not ever send to an agency that doesn't accept your genre as they really will throw your work in the bin. If you're ever unsure just visit the agency's website and look up their submission guidelines.
Write your query letter. This is a hugely important part of the submission package because if your query letter is amateurish or badly written then you will be instantly rejected. Do some research on writing a query letter and just practise, practise, practise until you get it right.
If an agency likes your material, they may offer you representation. This means they will work with you to edit and polish your manuscript until it is as good as it can possibly be. Then they will pitch it to a publisher on your behalf. If a publisher is interested they may offer you a small advance on your book. In the extremely unlikely event that more than one publisher is interested, your book would go to auction and sell to the highest bidder.
You do not ever pay a literary agent or a publisher. If they ask you for any money then they are conning you and you need to walk away. Real agencies and publishers take a cut of the money you earn from book sales.
This is a long and hard process. It could take you years just to get an agent. If you do get one, the editing process will likely take several more months. Getting your book published isn't just about having talent, it's also about having patience and dedication.
Please do not listen to the person that has told you to only wait one or two weeks for a reply from an agent - it will take a lot longer. The average agency receives hundreds of submissions a week but only takes on one or two new writers a year. They will not have the time to respond to you within a week and this is where you have to be patient. The average response time is nearer 4-6 weeks but it may take longer than that. Just be patient.
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Get yourself a copy of The Writers & Artist Yearbook or the equivalent if you live in America or you can see a copy at your local library. It will have all the information you will ever need on how to go about publishing. If your writing is any good then a publisher will take notice of you regardless of your age - in fact you don't have to mention your age unless they want to sign you up. It is never your age that counts only the quality of your writing and the type of story it is. It should also cost you nothing - in fact they will pay you. The only time you pay is if you use vanity publishing and that is very expensive. Good luck with your story.
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If they like your writing, then yes. Anyone of any age can publish a book.
So, for the process, you need to find a literary agent because publishers rarely if ever accept anything that isn't represent by an agent. I suggest looking up the book "How to Land and keep a literary Agent," it's free and can be downloaded online.
You'll have to find agents that represent the genre of your book, and you'll want at least 50 of them. Then, you'll write a query letter. (look up how) This needs to be perfect because it is the first thing the agent will see. Do not send any of you actual written work unless specifically asked to. You can send out you query in like groups of 5 or 10, then you should only wait about a week or two for a reply. If no one says yes, then you send out your query to the next group. If an agent says they are interested in reading part of your manuscript, then you'll pause sending out queries and send them the part of your manuscript.
This process is hard, and you may be rejected a lot before an agent that will represent you. Don't take it to heart though, agents need different things at different times, and many many published authors (like Jk Rowling) had to go through the rejections.
Look out for scams though! If an agent asks you to pay a "reading" fee, or an "editing" fee (like they'll read it if you give them this much money, or they like it, but they'll edit it for you for this much money) it's most likely a scam. It should cost nothing to have an agent read for you, and they don't normally edit.
Once you have an agent, I'm not exactly sure how it works after that. Depending on the agent, they may ask for money to cover certain aspects of the publishing, but I'm not sure. I know at some point you'll have to sign a contract, and probably your parents too since your younger than 18. But the only part you should about now is trying to find an agent, and making sure your query and manuscript is flawless.
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Originally Answered: Are there any good book publishers that will pay me?
There are two routes: literary agents or small book publishers. You need to send a query letter, usually one page, to a LA (most are in Manhattan, NYC, the capital of American book publishing). In the letter you have to give a brief synopsis of your story idea and your credentials. Credentials are qualifications, meaning prior publishing experience. If you have had a slew of short stories professionally published (in literary magazines not web sites), this looks good on your query letter. You have talent. It's not all about writing well, it's also about the commercial feasibility of your idea. A LA is the key to the big publishing houses like Scribner & Sons, DoubleDay, Random House, etc. Those big houses won't look at any query unless it was handed to them by a LA. Then there is the small publishing houses scattered through the country. These houses prefer a writer than writes well although some prefer profound thinking writers. With small houses visit their web sites and click on the submission guidelines. And follow it exactly when submitting. Sometimes small houses prefer to deal with a LA but will look at an interested query especially if the writer has been published numerous times before in well respected publications. Don't, whatever you do, don't self publish unless you are willing to part with a few thousand dollars and have you family and friend be your only customers. A publishing house is ideal but a big publishing house has marketing teams that would promote your book and get it placed in the front section of book stores. Also big houses have public relations experts who get the daily newspapers and the television stations to promote your book. And best of all the big houses have crackerjack, top of the line editors who know how to polish prose. Needless to say, it's a hyper competitive field with about one in a thousand books professionally published. Not as competitive as music or show business, but not too far from those fields.