How do I get my work published

January 28, 2008 5:49pm CST
I have spent for as long as I can remember writing! I love writing but have no idea whether I am any good or not. I have never really showed anyone - not sure why. I would love to get some recognition for my writings, but how on earth do I do that? I really do not know where to start. At present, it is just a personal hobby. HOW DO I MOVE IT ON TO THE NEXT STEP!
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
There are a number of resource sites you can check. Do a search for predators and editors, that is where you should start. Predators and editors will help you spot scams, the last thing you want to do is get ripped off and end up paying to get your work published and not even owning the rights to your own work. Next look for markets, ralan.com is a good place to start, they list a variety of markets, duotrope is another one. Another good thing to do is join a writers group, they will help you fine tune your writing ability, and help point you towards resources. Hard to help you without knowing what you write, I am assuming poetry, and poetry is a little outside my scope, but if you writer Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance, mainstream, Or young adult, I am the publisher at Lilley Press Publications www.lilleypress.com. We mainly publish novel length works, but we also put out a quarterly magazine called Worlds of Wonder www.lilleypress.com/wow
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
10 Feb 08
If you have any fiction novels written, I have a friend who has a new ebook publishing company at www.lilleypress.com . Check it out if your writings fit into their genres. :)
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
Thanks for the plug.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
Hey! No problem! ;)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Check out www.lulu.com. It's a self-publishing site. You can publish written works to be purchased as a bound book, leaflet, or pamphlet. You can also take your photography and sell it at lulu as books or single prints, or calendars. There's not cost to join lulu.com. The site's a bit intimidating at first because you have to learn how to upload your work, etc. But I figured it out, so you can, too.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
31 Jan 08
That's awesome! I'm going to check into that site further. I've seen other self-publishing sites but they want you to choose upt $600 worth of services and you have to pay it in full before they even publish the book! I take it they make their money on people who pay for the marketing services? as well as on shopper in their marketplace. That's why they can offer free publishing? Tink
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
Self publishing should be a last resort. While lulu is a half decent self publisher you will always have the stigma of self publication on you which means very few books stores will ever considering carrying your book. Your best bet is with small press publishers and not self publishing companies.
@kuirqs (512)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
I believe that sharing one's writings with others is a huge step to getting your work publsihed. Check out http://www.onestopwriteshop.com It's a great online writing community. I have joined it and through it I have been gaining more confidence in sharing my work and I also get feedback on them. That way I get an idea of what my strengths and weaknesses are as a writer, of what readers think about my writing. You can also join forums and contests on the site aside from having wyour work critiqued. Check it out...