Getting Published

For the aspiring author, one basic aspect of the writing business, recognised as one of the most difficult, is getting your work published.

Despite this being one of the most basic aspirations of any writer, the sheer volume of work and manuscripts submitted to literary agents and traditional publishers makes it very difficult to succeed quickly, if at all.

This has forced the publishing market to evolve, especially in recent times, giving aspiring authors more options for getting their work published; some replacing and some complementing, the traditional route via agents or publishing houses.

For some, getting published can take many years of effort and tireless attempts through different publishers specialising in many different writing genres. As a result, some writers may never succeed via traditional methods and so an increasing number are turning to alternative routes to achieve their goal.

A quick tour round some of the most popular writers’ forums on the internet will show you that getting published is now, and has always been, a hot topic of discussion, with many budding writers seeking guidance from those who have succeeded in being published.

You shouldn’t be entirely despondent though, as a great many writers do have their works published every day and the effort can pay dividends in the long run.

Use the guidance on offer from writers’ forums and from publications like the Writers and Artists Yearbook to help ensure that you target suitable publishers, likely to be looking for your type of material.

If you would like to find out about the most well-known alternative publishing options at the moment, the links below will give you an insight into what each method is and roughly how it works.

Only once you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, will you be able to decide if they are suitable for your needs.

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Vanity Publishing

Self Publishing

Print on Demand

Ebooks

Advantages and disadvantages of ebook publishing