Okay, now we're ready to go. Most writers have at least considered getting published. You may want to start thinking seriously about it at some point. In that case, here is a short, simple list of the basic publishing process. If you come across a term (agent, query letter, etc.) that you aren't familiar with, don't hesitate to visit the Glossary of Epic Awesomeness. If the glossary is missing something, tell me!
- Write a book. This is self-explanatory.
- Revise until your eyes are burning. Edit. Revise. Edit. Revise. I can't stress this part enough. Before you even think of querying, you need to revise until you feel your novel is flawless. Let me repeat: flawless. If you can see a problem, then it's not time to query. If your book sparkles like the child of Edward Cullen and Tinkerbell*, then you're ready.
- Write a query letter. Send to agents. There are many, many online resources to help you with this process. Use them. Since this process involves a lot of waiting, start writing your next book.
- Agent will request a partial if they like your query. You send them a portion of your book.
- Said agent likes the partial and wants more. You send them your entire book.
- Receive an offer of representation. Accept said offer. Again, there are websites to help you with this. Remember: your first call from an agent will be exciting, but before you accept, do your research. Since you and this agent will be working together for years, make sure you can get along with them.
- Your wonderful agent helps you revise even more. Because...guess what! Your book actually wasn't perfect, even if you thought it was. Now it looks like the child of Edward and Tinkerbell, covered in glitter.
- Your agent tries to sell your book to publishers. You resume writing your other novel.
- A publisher buys the book; you sign lots of papers. You get an editor, and you edit more. Because we want it to sparkle so much our eyes hurt. Being the glitter-covered child of a little green fairy and a stalkerish vampire isn't good enough. Now this child also exhales glitter, has a glittery aura, leaves a glitter trail when it walks.
- The publishing company works on covers, design, advertising, etc. You wait. You're still writing that other book, aren't you?
- Finally, your book is released. You have a party.
Questions? Ask away! Comments? Something to add? Feel free!
*Ew. That's repulsive, isn't it? Sorry for the disturbing mental pictures. I was trying to make a point.