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Reflections in the Silver Cup

BOOK PUBLISHING 101C

On October 9, 2017, I presented an introduction to book publishing to Jody Keisner’s University of Nebraska/Omaha graduate seminar—Publishing Creative Nonfiction—via Skype. Thinking the information might be useful to others who hope to publish a book, my next five blog entries will recap that presentation. Jody’s class focuses mainly on publishing in literary journals and commercial magazines, so my presentation constitutes only a brief introduction.

The Five Areas to Be Covered:

I. PLATFORM BUILDING (see archived post from October 23)
II. ROUTES TO AN AGENT AND/OR PUBLISHER
III. PUBLISHING OPTIONS
IV. COMPROMISING WITH EDITORS
V. MARKETING

Caveat: Things change from day to day in the book-publishing world, so anything I write here could well be followed by a disclaimer.

Correction on BOOK PUBLISHING 101B: I wrote: “Contests are another possible route to book publication. Most of the time I avoid them, thinking (correctly or not) that they offer too much competition.” In an article in this week’s Author’s Guild newsletter, I learned that I was incorrect in that assumption—that poor authors avoid contests because of the contest fees, which are usually somewhere in the $20 range. Also, established writers do not often enter contests. Those two factors tend to reduce the competition, and most contests, if you are the winner result in publication and a small honorarium.

III. PUBLISHING OPTIONS

This is the area of book publishing that is changing the most rapidly with new options Read More 
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