Last evening at the library I attended, “The Path to Publication: Five Authors Talk about Books.”Anjali Mitter Duva, Kate Flora, Michael Ponsor, Henriette Lazaridis Powers and Meg Wison shared their experiences in becoming a published novelist. (Check out their websites.) Here’s what I learned:
• Keep writing every day, even when you don’t feel like it.
• Be prepared for rejection. • Have others read your manuscript before you send it out or publish it yourself. • Indie publishing is another term for self-publishing. • The publishing world is changing daily. Publishing with one the big six (now five) companies is not the only way to go. • These big publishing ‘houses’ only publish books that will make a great deal of money—to support staff, advertising and big offices in New York City. • Numerous smaller companies are being created. • Print books are still important but e-books are the biggest sellers. • I repeat, Keep writing every day, even when you don’t feel like it.