Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wizards visits Vancouver, Washington

Yes, we do get around! This morning we conducted a workshop on indie publishing and are attending one after another very helpful craft workshop that is giving us helpful information in all aspects of the publishing industry. I would love to see a lot more authors attend next year because there is no organization in the publishing world so devoted to digital authors and their work. No conference I've attended with more information available.

We are of course a full service author resource, but one service we are often called upon to provide is pre-submission editing. It is a topic that has come up again and again this week. How much better chance is there for acceptance, if a book is polished beforehand? If one  knows what publisher she intend your story for, we can check their submissions guidelines and format the manuscript to meet their requirements. We can write the blurb, edit the synopsis...whatever is needed to give the author the best chance for acceptance.

Every house is different, but they all want professional, quality work and your initial submission gives them a glimpse into what they can expect from a new author in future.

A tip: social networking, marketing...many houses, probably most will google a new author's name before issuing a contract. Make sure every single thing they find is positive and reflects the brand you  want readers to come to know. Avoid drama, contribute in a positive way to every conversation. It pays.

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