If you want to be a published author, a little professionalism goes a long way.
Bookshelves are packed with volumes about how to properly submit your manuscripts, but how does professionalism function in real-world publishing relationships? Moreover, what defines professionalism from culture to culture? Agents and editors share their best examples of what works best, and how to get back on track if your interactions go off the rails.
Most publishers are in it for the love of books. Yes, even the acquiring editors, the marketing team, and the contract specialists.
But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some problematic publishing companies out there. Whether you go with traditional publishing or small press, you need to be careful.
What are the most important aspects of a story, what do Editors look for, choosing the right Editor for you, what if you’re a bad fit, do you need a polished series, do you need an agent, is it hard to read for fun as an Editor, and closing thoughts.
This #DisconIII panel discussed:
Got a short story that you want to turn into a novel (or a novel that you want to pull shorts out of?) Here are a few things to consider.
– The difference between writing shorts versus Novels
– 5 approaches for turning shorts into a novel
– What changes are acceptable when you novelize a short?
– Authors who have done it
– Best for pantsers or plotters?
– Respectful ways to sell that short story
know I’ve answered this in drips and drabs throughout my discussions on getting an agent, but I figured I’d address this head on, today.
What is ‘traditional’ publishing, the steps necessary, and who the traditional publishers are.
What the other options are.
And why I still wanna go traditional, at least for now.
A #Balticon55 panel.
It’s a jungle out there for new writers. Here are:
1. Things To Watch Out For
2. What Should Be In A Short Story Contract
3. Horror Stories and Near Misses
4. Resources and closing thoughts
Or, watch the 55 minute panel in full on youtube.com/BaltimoreSciFi