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How to become a published author

Aside from self-publishing, what is the best ways to get recognized by well known publishing houses and in turn be published by them?

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Simeon’s Answer

Find a good editor that you trust. Having professional eyes look over your work is worth every penny you can get. Be careful about posting your work online as you don't know who might try to repurpose it as their own work. Get the first edition of your work completed as quickly as possible and work on being a ruthless editor of your own work. If this is your first book, you might need to develop an online audience on YouTube, social media, or with a blog to prove to potential publishers that there is a market for your book. If you end up not being able to line up a publisher, you can use Amazon.com to self-publish. Amazon offers the service of being able to print off your book one copy at a time, so you don't have to worry about printing them off in batches.
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Christy’s Answer

Getting attention from a major publishing house via the self-publishing route is akin to winning the lottery. You would need to have something extraordinary and highly successful.


That leaves the traditional route -- get an agent. A reputable agent will get your manuscripts to the appropriate publishers.


Do research on how to get a literary agent. Research which agents represent the genre or type of books that you write, so that you don't waste your time submitting to agents who won't be interested. Pay careful attention to an agent's submission guidelines.


If you have any doubts about an agent's legitimacy, go to Writer Beware: http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/


This site can alert you to scams and fakes.

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Susan E.’s Answer

I would say the way to become a good published author is to get yourself out there in ways that you can get noticed and in markets that compliment your genre of writing.

Susan E. recommends the following next steps:

Do a local presentation at a library
Create a personal website
Write blogs with personal stories or writing stories
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Ryan’s Answer

Anywhere you can get writing experience will help you. Try creating your on blog, getting followers and more experience writing.
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