Posts Tagged ‘preditors and editors’

What Makes a Great Publishing House?

How do you know what publishing house you should submit your work to? You have worked diligently to submit your best story you can write, so you need a publisher who cares about the author and is enthusiastic about the book business. You want someone who is experienced and connected to a publishing network.  You need a cheerleader on your side with editors who will gently shepherd your manuscript into a book with easy-to-read sentences/paragraphs, distinct point of view, correct grammar, and no spelling errors.

That sounds like a lot of points to check out before submitting, doesn’t it?  How do you, the author, find out about a publisher? If you find a book you like to read that is the same genre you write, try to contact the author and ask what her experience was with that publisher.  Talk to authors and  join forums such as the Writers Chatroom to see what the buzz is about a particular publisher. Preditors and Editors is a site with information on publishers.

Go to the publisher’s webpage and see the tone of the site. Cordial, friendly, or snarky and demanding? As a writer you will be able to get the feel of this publisher by checking through the site. Look at the cover art and decide if you would like your book cover to appear in their bookstore.

I believe publisher, editor, author Lea Schizas of Muse It Up Publishing sums up what a publishing house needs for a winning combination:

  •  a good writer’s voice/storyteller
  • an editor to partner with the writer
  • a cover artist who understands each book
  • readers who share in our glee and cheer us on

All the best wishes for success in submitting to a publisher. Oh yes, it’s a process with many rejections, re-writes, and lots of hope. Keep at it. Don’t give up.

I have been happy with the publishing process at Muse It Up. My mystery/horror ebook, Sunshine Boulevard, will be released March 1.

Favorite Internet Links for Writers

The Internet is loaded with information-packed websites for writers. Below are some of my favorites. I hope you will check these out. For more of my favorite websites, go to my Janet Q. Glaser, the Wordwright links page.

The Writers Chatroom A lively and smart group of writers meet here in the chatroom on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Helpful forum and resources too.

Funds for Writers Funds for Writers–Hope Clark is the best when it comes to finding small and large markets that will pay writers for their talent.

Write for Kids Information on writing for the children’s market

Muse Online Writers Conference This FREE conference presented in mid-October is packed with information for ALL writers. No matter what your experience or genre, you will pick up useful tips and ideas as well as network with a whole realm of writers, editors, and agents. Sign up deadline is September 1.

 Jacketflap What a great site to find out about children’s books, publishers and authors. Wonderful networking site for writers.

Preditors and Editors Loaded with information for writers, this site keeps a watchful eye on publishers and lets you know the good guys from the bad guys.

Writer Scams

Unfortunately in this writing business, as in most industries, there is always someone trying to scam unaware, stars-in-their-eyes writers. You must do your homework before you sign up with a publisher, ezine, or content site. 

A site that keeps track of publishers who are good and bad according to info they receive is Preditors and Editors. Just click on the beginning letter of the publisher’s name.  Scroll through the list for the pub to see if they are included as recommended or one to avoid.

A “watchdog” blog is Writer Beware. It ” shines a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls. We also provide industry news, advice for writers, and a special focus on the weird and wacky things that happen at the fringes of the publishing world.”

Be careful! Writer scams are everywhere.  Be aware!