Money-Saving Guide for Authors and Writers is a great resource that came to me from an aspiring young author named Anna through her special librarian Ms. Pedersen. Anna and her mom found this great article while researching writing guidelines for authors and writers and wanted to make sure other aspiring writers like her knew about this! It covers a breakdown of the elements of style, manuscript formatting, working with an editor, finding a literary agent, book proposals, self-publishing, and much more. Take note of the amazing number of scholarships for college students who hope to be writers someday. And the descriptions of the many diverse career options that all require great writers! I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Thanks, Anna (and her mom :)).
One of my services as an editor is to help authors decide what to do with the manuscript once it’s finished. Your choices are self-publishing, working with a hybrid publisher, or going for that coveted contract with a traditional publisher. The answer lies in a few decisions you have to make as an author.
- What is your goal for this book? Did you write it to give out to friends and family? Do you see it as a resource for many people? Are you unsure?
- How serious are you about building a platform with social media, blogging or vlogging, podcasting, writing articles, speaking, and so forth?
- How long can you wait until it’s in the final book form? Months? Years?
- What is your budget? Can you afford to do a quality self-published book? Can you afford to work with other professionals to help you with this process?
Do your homework and seek to understand the differences between these three types of publishing. I’m happy to help you!
Jane Friedman has three great articles regarding each of these: