How to Get Published

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Whether you self-publish or get published by a traditional publisher, you will need to do your own marketing and promotion. A traditional publisher won’t even consider your book until you can show that you will be able to make lots of sales. If you can make lots of sales, you can make more money self-publishing than publishing through a corporation. On the other hand, it’s good to know all your options.

You will feel more like a success if your writing makes it into print through a traditional publisher. A warning. Vanity publishers are traditional publisher that publish your books for a fee. Vanity publishing is not the way to go because then you become promoter, advertiser, and distributor. It’s a lot of work and few writers have reported it as a good experience. For real success, you’ll need to deal with agents or publishers.

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What’s a Good Length for a Synopsis?

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There’s more than one kind of synopsis. An Early Synopsis is a summary of your book that you write before you start. It can be as short as a paragraph or as long as a short story. My short story Oliver Troubles is close to the form of an early synopsis. If I’d spent more time with the idea, added relationships and a police investigation, it might have been a novella. You can make your early synopsis any length you’d like. It won’t be a true synopsis of your finished book. Your outline will change the story and writing the manuscript will change the story.

I’d like to walk quickly through the steps that lead to the true synopsis, also called the presentation synopsis, before talking about it.

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