How to get published?

Canada
January 11, 2008 8:41am CST
I have recently Stated a story. I have never heard the idea before and it seems to be a good plot. I'm not finished it yet and it still might take me 6 months to finish. What I was wondering was if anyone knows where to start to find someone to publish you...or reject you. Just so I can get started. I have a few ideas for stories. I don't know if they will be novel potential but I would like to try anyway...No harm in trying and you won't find out if you don;t try so if anyone has any ideas on where to start that would be a great help thanks
3 responses
@patgalca (14301)
• Orangeville, Ontario
11 Jan 08
You not only have to finish the story first, you have to edit and re-edit until it is polished. You want it to be the best it can be before you submit it anywhere. Major publishers will not look at your work. You would have to go through an agent. So finding an agent would be your first step. Unless you want to try alternative routes like POD (publish on demand) or self-publishing. I wrote my first novel and put it on a shelf. I am working on my second novel and since I have learned a lot over the last 4 years (since joining a writing group) I know my second novel is better than my first, and my first needs a major overhaul. I know someone who has an agent and she has given me his name and said I could use her name but I have not approached him because I do not have a finished piece of work to present him with as yet. At that time I will also be able to say I have a couple of other things in the works. Agents/publishers/editors do not want one-hit wonders. They want someone who will sell a lot of books for them. Good luck!
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• Canada
4 Feb 08
Thanks for the advice. I wonder if we have any writting groups around here!!!That would be awesome to join. thanks so much
@patgalca (14301)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Feb 08
Check with your local library or book store for a writing group in your area. If there isn't one, why don't you start one yourself? I can give you tips on how to run the group. Hmmmm... maybe another article for Triond. LOL! Thanks for the best response mark.
12 Jan 08
f i were u..dont make problem 1st in publishing when u r not finishing the story yet....u have to check and edit and reedit again to test whether there r wrong grammars or explicit expressions...it's not really easy to find a publisher esp. f u r a first timer writer but f u r rich enough to publish it then why not b independent...but f u r really to determined to publish ur story then why not continue 4 ur good job...by the way wats the story s all about?
@Wingedman (238)
• United States
11 Jan 08
First of all congratulations on embarking on the thankless path of a starving writer. Tip number one is to learn to spell correctly and to utilize punctuation properly. Your post leaves something to be desired grammatically as well. I hope your story is better written. That being said, I don't want to discourage you from trying. Also, don't worry about finding someone to publish your story until you have one. Finish it first. Then you can start shopping it around. I know dozens of people that have said they are "writers" but have no finished work to prove it. If this is your first story, don;t bother to try to publish it now. Finish it, put it in a draw and write the next one. Then write another one. Once you have the third one finished, try to publish that one. This accomplishes two things; it helps you refine your craft and it also allows you to answer the publisher enthusiastically when they ask "What else do you have?" There are several published guides for finding short or novel length fiction markets, but honestly, a writer is a "writer" because they write, not because they prematurely attempt to sell and untested and unfinished product.
• Canada
11 Jan 08
Thank you for the imput, I know my grammar on my posts are not as good as they should be. I just put whatever is in my mind down and don't reread it most of the time...I'm sure that isn't the best quality of a writer but i feel it is just a post not my stories. I have been writting for awhile and I tell my own stories to my children all the time. I never write half of them down so i forget most of them. I will write a few before going to a publisher...Give me more confidence in myself if I have more than one story. Thanks for the imput.