Article Submitting : How To Study A Publisher's Website

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There are many websites that will host your articles on
the Internet. Some small, some large, some with
guidelines, some without, some support streams of
topics, some have a limited focus, some charge a fee
and some are free.

With so many places to post your articles how can you
maximize distribution with the least amount of effort?
You can do so by being selective. Post your articles
only on sites that support your topic, have integrity,
and have a win/win approach. Since no two websites are
alike. Here are a few features to watch for when
considering your articles for submission:

1. Search capabilities. When you are at the website
is there a search feature visitors can use to find a
certain topic? If the page or pages list articles one
after the other down a long page readers will not get
past the first 20 names. Actually they will not even
read that many. Web viewers do not have the patience
to scroll through rows of titles trying to find the
right subject.

2. How user friendly is the website? If the article
section is buried inside a website and you have
difficulty figuring out how to submit your article you
will want to consider submitting your articles to this
site.

3. What is the purpose of the website? Is that
purpose supportive of your article, topic, and purpose
or detrimental? Is it a sales page just trying to
drive up search engine optimization under false
pretenses? don't be fooled there are many of them out
there. Is the host of the website apparent or
nonexistent? Can you find a phone number or location
-- city, state or country?

4. Submission guidelines. Some websites stipulate a
word count, minimum, maximum or range. If your
article doesn't meet their word count stipulations your
article will normally not get published. Take them
seriously and take the time to read them. More
importantly find a system to track these. I have a
rating system I use with 1 being the perfect submission
site on up to 15 being an absolutely no. I keep track
of the no website sites so that when I'm looking for
new sites I know which ones I have already reviewed.

Since website owners change, just as we do as we learn
and grow with our skills, guidelines change
occasionally as well. I recommend reviewing the
guidelines either every three months or at least ever
six. Some sites have gotten sneaky and post good
guidelines and then change to "we have the copyright
now" sites when you are least expecting it.

There are also a few sneaky submission sites that are
counting on you not reading their guidelines. These
sites stipulate in their guidelines that upon
submission the author gives up their copyright on the
article. Some are blatantly labeled while others are
hidden inside obscure legalize.

Some sites stipulate that you give them permission to
use your material in anything they print or publish.
This means that they can accumulate articles on a
certain subject, and this is their usual intention, put
them together in an ebook and sell the ebook. While
some of you will not mind this and consider it viral
marketing there are some dangers in this. And this
author knows because this has occurred to her materials
before she became wise to the secret purpose.

5. Statistics. There are very few websites that
provide reader statistics. I love the websites that
tell me how many people read the article. I want to
know if a particular topic is well read. Many sites
prefer not to post reader statistics. I suspect it is
because writers would see that there is a very low
count and submitting their articles. Voting on the
article is a nice feature, however, it is not really a
vital statistic counter. Maybe 1 out of 10 to 15 views
will someone take the time to vote. If the voting
feature is remotely positioned viewers never know of
its existence. Even if this feature is position well
on the page -- above the article to let readers know
its there and immediately below the article -- readers
will rarely vote unless the article was awful.

Article hosting and posting is a joint venture -- view
it as such -- and you will maximize your time and
effort.

Copyright 2005, Catherine Franz.

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Comments

Andy 12.07.2009. 08:40

What advice would you give to a new story write who would like to publish? I have got tips from authors and i have been writing for a while, i am studying hard, tips? websites? or advice? :)

Andy

Admin 12.07.2009. 08:40

Write every single day.

Read. Other books, dos and don'ts, writing articles, etc.

Once you've finished your manuscript, edit it.

Then edit it again.

Then maybe get someone you trust, who knows their stuff, to edit it as well - at the very least for typos becasue they can and will slip by you.

Only once you've finished something should you seek out a publisher/agent (buy the book Writer's Market 2009 for help with this; check out the websites Preditors&Editors and Writer's Beware [linked below]) because no one's ever interested in a work in progress. While you're on the hunt for that, start writing something else.

Be prepared for rejection. Lots of rejection. It's the process. It's probably a million to one that you'll be accepted by the first publisher or agent you pursue.

Submit, submit, submit.

Should you accomplish all this and sell your manuscript settle in for the waiting game. It becomes about waiting for the contract, waiting for edits, waiting for the galley, waiting to see the finished product, waiting for it to sell, waiting for reviews... well, you get the picture.

Write every day. I can't stress this one enough.

Good luck!

Admin

Zanette 04.03.2010. 04:42

How does one go about getting a book published? I haven't had an interest in writing since I sixteen. After taking a writing class I've found myself addicted and the left me with some questions.
1) How does one get to the point of getting published?
2) How can one work to better their writing?
3) How might one make a living writing?

Zanette

Admin 04.03.2010. 04:42

1: You need an agent before you do anything else. No publisher will take a peek at an unsolicited manuscript, especially if you deliver it yourself. This will go in the middle of the pile with thousands of other wannabe writers who have handed in unsolicited manuscripts. The publisher doesn't have time to hear why you think you deserve to be published. He wants an agent to communicate on the writers behalf.

2: Write every single day of your life. 95% of people who think they can be good writers, or can write a book, never ever do it. Just persist and be determined. You can only get better with practice. Writers are not born, they are made. Writing is a craft that can only be made through hard work.

3: The majority of writers don't make money simply by writing. This is an illusion by young writers who think that by sitting in their home office in their loft apartment writing paragraphs will churn out money. Many writers have secondary jobs to supplement their income, as well as their lifestyle. Also it depends on what you write. If you write fiction, this will apply much more to you than say, an article writer for a lifestyle magazine. Newspaper writers and Journalists have a more stable income than novelists. However, that being said, online writing as a freelance career is very very achievable. Some websites pay their writers anywhere between $10-25 dollars per article. Say it's $20, If you write four articles a day, this is $80 dollars. Do this five days a week and you have got $400 dollars. You just have to be realistic. It is a lot harder to write four articles a day than it seems. Serious writers websites have editors that muse over an article as soon as it is submitted to make sure that the piece is of sufficient quality, that it cannot be found anywhere else online and is an original piece written by you. There are strict rules and guidelines to follow but it is worth it.


Note: Agents can be found by searching online or through the phone book.

Writers websites that I use include: Hub-pages and Suite 101. Hub-pages pays it's writers through advertising percentages, while Suite 101 pays its writers a percentage directly through Pay-pal.

Please don't ever give up. If you are serious keep pushing and attend college. Study Journalism and media or something that will actually get you a job. You need stability and job security to live while you write. If you get writers block, at least you still have money coming in because you have a job.

Also, reading is the paramount here. Reading all types of genres and authors will make you a well-rounded writer. A great writer has to be a great reader. If You don't read many books, I suggest you get cracking!

Hope I helped!

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AdviceGurl 02.04.2009. 02:57

How do you go about getting a book published?
I have already written the item to be published - just want to know how to go about getting "IN" with the publishers (Random House, etc) and getting this into Barnes and Nobles and other large retailers!

AdviceGurl

Admin 02.04.2009. 02:57

I can see that James is very misinformed. Sad.

You get "in" with publishers by submitting well written work in the manner in which the industry prefers, and in the right market conditions. There are no magic answers and annecdotes about those who got "in" through other means are just that, annecdotes.

Most traditional publishers no longer accept unagented manuscripts, so you will need an agent. They are worth every dime of their commission. You will need know your word count and genre, and do some research, in order to choose appropriate agents to send your work to.
AgentQuery.com is a good resource.

The Writer's Market or Author's Yearbook is also a good resource. The articles about the industry, and examples provided are just as important for a new author as are the market listings.

Get familiar with scambusting websites like Preditors & Editors and Writer Beware (and their blog). They do a lot of research on various aspects of publishing and provide information to authors.

You need to know more about publishing in general, such as:
--the difference between traditional and self publishing and why self publishing has a poor reputation in the industry
--what proper manuscript format is and how to write a query letter and synopsis
--the difference between copyright and publishing rights and what publishers actually "buy"
--what an advance is and how royalties really work
--what an agent does for an author besides selling your work to an editor at a publishing house
--how to spot a scam before it bites you (and there are a lot of scams out there)

The more you know, the less likely you will fall victim to a scam.

Look up the national association for your genre (Romance Writers of America, Science fiction and Fantasy Writer's of America, etc.). They usually have a lot of writing and publishing industry information available.

If you want your book in stores and libraries, that is traditional publishing. Stores and libraries do not generally want self published work (for a lot of reasons).

Traditional publishers do spend time and money developing, marketing, and distributing books - at their expense. Yes, they like for the author to promote their work, but few authors have the skills, industry contacts, or financial resources to do as much as is necessary. Self publishers do little, if any, development, marketing, or distribution (despite what they claim). Scams are even worse.

There is no conspiracy against new authors. Just reality. Less than 3% of all manuscripts submitted will get published, and still 10,000 books are published every year. Yes, many are reprints or works by already published authors, but new authors DO get published everyday. If their work is good enough and the market conditions favorable for that type of work, a new author can get published (and sometimes, their chances are better than an already published author whose sales are falling)..

The Book Industry Study Group, BookWire, and BookScan keep current research and statistics on publishing. Many other organizations that study businesses also keep information about publishing. Most people DO buy their books from stores (even if it's only a grocery store). Few books are actually ghost written. The internet is not as powerful as people think.

Always remember
1 - real publishers pay you, you do not pay them
2 - real agents get paid after they sell your work, not before
3 - being "available to order online" is not the same as having books on shelves at real stores

You might like this free download of the book "The Career Novelist" by agent Donald Maass. There is a lot of good information in it.

http://www.maassagency.com/books.html

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Katy 05.04.2009. 20:55

How do i get my book published? I have written a book and i don't know the next step. I'm not sure if i should look online and then call a publishing agency and get an appointment or if i should get an agent first?
HELP!!!!

Katy

Admin 05.04.2009. 20:55

1 - edit it. A lot. Seriously. Get a critique, Edit more. And make sure is it "book length" for it's catedory/genre.
2 - have it in proper manuscript format and ready to go. Never send your only copy. It already has copyright protection, and if you deal with reputable people, you do not need to register the copyright.
3 - learn more about how publishing really works so you do not fall victim to a scam. And beware of self publishing (it has a poor reputation in the industry for a lot of reasons).
4 - research agents appropriate to your genre, send query letter and synopsis and/or sample chapters as per their submission guidelines. Most publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, so you need an agent.
5 - wait to hear back. expect rejection (even good books get rejected). There are a lot of reasons a manuscript gets rejeted other than poor writing.
6 - if accepted, the agent will guide you the rest of the way durring the publishing process (and no matter what a self publisher claims, letting a traditional publisher have editorial oversight, develop the art and marketing, and handle the sales and distribution is a good thing and it takes time to do it).

Never draw negative attention to yourself or your work. Follow submission guidelines. Do not call or drop by. Do not employ tricks to try and get ahead of the slush pile. Do not fall for the conspiracy against new author theory that disappointed writers and self publishers promote. Getting published is a business, always present yourself and your work in as professional a manner as you can.

Some things you need to know are
--the difference between traditional and self publishing and why self publishing hhas a poor reputation in the industry
--what proper manuscript format is
--how to write a query letter and synopsis
--why knowing word count and genre are important
--the difference between copyright and publishing rights
--how selling to the magazine market is different from the book market
--what an advance is and how royalties really work
--what unsolicited means
--what an agent does for an author besides sell manuscripts to editors at publishing houses
--how to spot a scam before it bites you (and there are a lot of scams out there)

Get familiar with scam busting websites like Preditors & Editors and Writer Beware (and their blog). They keep authors informed about scams. Always check the reputation any agent, editor, contest, or publisher before sending work. P&E can also be used to find recommended agents and publishers.

agentquery.com is a good resource to research agents by genre. QueryShark is a good blog to learn how to write a good query. Writer's Market or Author's Yearbook is a good rescource for authors (read the articles, study the example, browse the listings). Goggle for the national association of your genre (RWA romance writers of america, SFWA science fiction and fantasy writers of america, etc) since most associations keep links to rescources for writers.

Consider joining a reputable writing forum (one that is not a marketing tool for self publishers). I like http://absolutewrite.com/forum (the watercooler). It is a large and knowledgable group, many members are published, and there is a wealth of information available in the links and sticky threads.

Beware of answerers who promote self publishing services to new, uninformed authors. This is yet another way they advertise. They aren't really interested in helping you.

Traditional publishing is free and your work will be in stores (they also pay you an advance and do all the marketing and distribution at their expenses, not yours). Self publishing costs you money (hundreds or thousands of dollars) and stores do not want self published work (for a lot of reasons). Even the supposedly free self publishers will cost you money eventually.

Realize that less than 3% of all manuscripts submitted will get published. Take the time to learn more about the craft of writing and how publishing works to improve your chances. A manuscript has to be better than good, it has to be good enough.

Always remember
1 - real publishers pay you, you do not pay them
2 - real agents get paid after they sell your work, not before
3 - being "available to order online" is not the same as having books on shelves at real stores (where most people still buy their books - despite what self publishers claim)

Admin

BakaNekoShojo 11.05.2007. 18:41

How do I publish stories? I don't want to publish stories now(im only 14).Im just really curious.You see,I love to write stories.It's so fun and it gives me this warm,fuzzy feeling inside.I've already written two stories for the anime Naruto,and put them up on FanFiction.net,and a lot of people said they liked my stories.Im working on a third Naruto story,and I sometimes think to myself "If my stories are this good,I should become a famous writer!",and now my life goal is to become a famous writer before I die.I want to change some of the stuff in my two completed stories so I can put them as real stories if I ever do publish them when im an adult.So,yeah,im just curious.But do you have to take a writing class before you become an author?That's what my parents told me,anyway.

BakaNekoShojo

Admin 11.05.2007. 18:41

There are no classes or degrees necessary to become a published author! You could have your work published right now, although your parents will have to participate in the process and sign contracts for you. Studying literature and writing can be helpful for some people, but it is something you can do on your own.

For short stories and poems and articles, let me start by saying that I can't give you specifics, because I don't know what genres your stories and articles are in or what subjects they cover! You will want to research journals and magazines that publish in the same genre as your story-- really look for things that print similar works. Each publisher will also have their own length guidelines-- some publications can support much longer pieces than others, so look for one that matches this as well!

You do not need to copyright your work before you begin submitting it to journals. In fact, it is looked upon as the mark of an amatuer by many editors, agents, and publishers. They will submit the paperwork when they accept your story. No legitimate companies will steal your ideas. Ideas are a dime a dozen, and they have all been done before-- the key is to take on the idea with a fresh voice!

To begin your research, take a look at the current edition of the book "Writer's Market". It is a fairly comprehensive listing of locations to submit work. Then, head down to your local public library and see if you can track down copies. Make sure it is appropriate or it will be a waste of time and postage to submit.

Each publisher has different submission guidelines, so make sure to research the specifics. Oftentimes, they are now on the web so it's much easier. Most only want you to submit one story in each submission package, and they generally have length guidelines as well.

Do not submit your story to multiple publications simultaneously unless you specify it in your cover letter and you are sure that the particular publishers accept simultaneous submissions.

For formatting your story and manuscript, see if you can locate a copy of "Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript" (which is actually published by the folks at Writer's Market). It's my favorite reference for all sorts of literary queries. I write poetry primarily, but my submission package generally includes a cover letter introducing myself and the work that I have enclosed, plus my poems (each page having my name, address, and the page number at the top). Like "Writer's Market", many public libraries have this book in their reference section!

It could take a long time, and be prepared for multiple rejections. Such is the life of an author! But, if you are persistant, you will find a home for your story.

Let me also suggest checking out the website http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/ to help you avoid other scams in every aspect of writing. It isn't the absolute authority, but it can be very helpful for research.

If you do complete a book-length manuscript (generally 60,000 to 90,000 words for adult fiction, less for children's books), then you have a whole other set of places to research from. You must have a completed manuscript before you begin shopping it. I highly suggest looking for a literary agent first, because they are a valuable ally in getting your book into publisher's hands and negotiating your contract and rights.

Here are six websites that can help. Read them thoroughly (especially Miss Snark-- love her!) and research, research, research! These can help you determine if the agent is legit or not:
http://misssnark.blogspot.com/
http://www.agentquery.com/
http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/
http://www.publishersmarketplace.com
http://www.duotrope.com
http://www.sfwa.org/beware/twentyworst.html

In the meantime, I would recommend reading as many books as possible in the genres that you like to write, as well as about the craft of writing. When you are reading other fiction books, pay attention to how the authors structure their work.

Here are some of my favorites about writing:
1) "Writing Down The Bones" by Natalie Goldberg
2) "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott
3) "On Writing Well" by William Zinsser
4) "How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy" by Orson Scott Card
5) "On Writing" by Stephen King
6) "No Plot? No Problem!" by Chris Baty
7) "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" by Lynne Truss
8) "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White

Also, take a look at a few websites where authors gather. Some of them have very helpful articles and forums. Holly Lisle has a fantastic website that has articles on both the business and writing aspects:
http://hollylisle.com/fm/

Forward Motion is a wonderful, helpful community:
http://www.fmwriters.com/

Absolute Write is one of my favorite author communities, with a vast pool of resources and helpful people:
http://www.absolutewrite.com

Write every single day. Set a target for yourself. For instance, my goal right now is to write 1,000 words a day. I get this done before I go on the internet, read, watch TV, or goof around. To begin, maybe set an easier goal for yourself-- try 250 words each day. Write in a journal as well, if you feel so inclined!

When you get ideas, find a way to record them as well. I have a spiral notebook that I keep just for that purpose. This way, when I want to begin a new project I can read through my notes and find just the right idea!

Also, never forget how important it is to edit and rewrite! When you finish a short story or novel, I suggest setting it aside for a month. Don't look at it or think about it (if you can help it). Work on another project. Once that time has passed, go back and read what you wrote. Try to be objective-- are there parts that need to be expanded? Cut out? Rewritten? How is the grammar and spelling? Editing could (and should) take more time than the original draft!

Good luck, and keep writing!

Admin

Malia 22.03.2009. 18:33

I want to publish a book, how? I'm 16, and I think I've just about written a creative and original story, my teacher couldn't believe I actually wrote it because at first she thought I copied it from somewhere, I'm more confident with it now. How can I publish it? What process do I have to go through?

Malia

Admin 22.03.2009. 18:33

How long is this story? If it is less than 40,000 words (the bare minimum to be considered a novel), then you do not need an agent or listings of book publishers. Agents and publishers are generally not interested in short stories.

Short stories (less than 8000 words) are best published in magazines and anthologies that accept them. Many of them are genre specific, some are not. Longer works (novelettes - under 18,000 words and novelas - under 40,000 words) are more difficult to sell, but there are markets out there, depending on the genre, Some magazines and anthologies accept novelettes. Some book publishers will accept novelas.

With novels, even though 40,000 is the bare minimum word count, many genres and publishers now require 60,000 to 80,000 words to even consider it.

Get a copy of the Writer's Market or Author's Yearbook, or even the Novel & Short Story Market book (from the library is fine). Most of what you need to know will be in these books. Read the articles. Study the examples. Then browse the listings.

Before submitting work to magazines, look through a couple of issues to get a "feel" for what they like. Visit their website to get up-to-date submission guidelines. Duotrope (google for it) also has listings of magazines that accept work and you link to the websites and obtain guidelines.

Besides word count and genre, you will need to know how to properly format the manuscript (there are a few differences between short stories and novels in manuscript preparation). You will need to know the difference between copyright and publishing rights and what rights a magazine is buying (your work has copyright protection as soon as it is written, by the way).

Before submitting work anywhere (magazines or publishers) check their reputations with sites like Preditors & Editors. They keep a list that includes recommendations and warnings (especially about scams).

If you are interested in writing and publishing, you should learn as much as you can about how real publishing works. The more you know, the less likely you will fall victim to a publishing scam (and there are a lot of them out there). You can start with finding out the difference between traditional and self publishing and why self publishing has a poor reputation in the industry.

Admin

Fickle 04.03.2013. 21:03

Want to be a Writer, bt don't know how to get a hold of Publishers? So i love to write, and have been told i am pretty good. It has been my dream to become a published writer, but i have no idea how to get started!!! I could really use some help!!

Fickle

Admin 04.03.2013. 21:03

Wow, Athena gave a lot of good advice, and all of it is true. To be a writer, you have to study the masters, or at least published works. Why? You have to study the way a story is composed, its structure, how to engage the reader from the very first sentence, how to keep them engaged through conflict, how every story has a beginning, middle, and end, how to arrive at the climax, how to wrap up the story soon thereafter, how to develop interesting sympathetic and flawed characters, how to just throw hurdles and tribulations at the characters to see how they react(and, believe me, if done right, readers will be on the edges of the seats-this is what's called a page turning story); you have to learn grammar and punctuation, figure out every characters motivations and goals, figure out how to seamlessly weave characterization and plot into your story while keeping it interesting, how to transition from one scene to the next effortlessly, how to logically tell a story(this isn't as easy as it sounds), and so much more.

You do this by reading and writing a lot.

You read published books and you study them.

You write and submit stories to a critique group and have them critiqued; this is how you get better.

All of this will take time. But if you're serious, you won't mind because you're getting better and working toward a goal, to be a published author.

Once you think you might be ready to start writing a book, there are some steps I suggest you follow. Every one has their own methods, but for a first time writer, I suggest this way.

1)Figure out the premise. What do you want to write about? Then write the premise down. This becomes more tangible and more real if it's written down.

2)Figure out what characters are going to be in your book. Here is a website that will help you in defining your characters: http://www.eclectics.com/articles/character.html

3)Write the first few sentences of your next blockbuster. Editors are busy, busy men; they don't have time for amateur stuff, and if your sentences don't grab them from the get go, they will go onto the next submission. Don't take it personal; it's just business. So, engage them, wow them with your first sentences.

4)Write the ending. It's easier to know how to get there if you know where you're going. This just has to have a few sentences.

5)Write an outline of what exactly happens in each chapter. Some writers just like to write and let the characters dictate the action. For a first time writer, I stand by this; it's easier to write if all the plot holes and the plot and the logical stuff is taken care of beforehand. This will save you time in the long run if it's thought out in advance.

6)Write. Just three pages a day, until it's done.

7)Put it aside for a few weeks to get a fresh new perspective on it. You're too close to this story and these characters. You've lived their lives. Shelve the story for a few weeks so you can go back to it with an unbiased eye.

8.Edit it, and then edit it again, to make it as good as possible.

Only then will you be ready to submit to a publisher. That stuff will come later. First, improve your skills and write the book. There is a great book for first time writers called "How to write and sell your first novel" by Oscar Collier with Francis Spatz Leighton. It might be worth a look.

Good luck!

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Tanya Red 06.02.2013. 16:01

Can someone please help me with my O+A level Subjects and Career choices? Hi, i'm doing my IGCSES and I'm in the 9th grade. I'm enrolled in a two year program and will be giving my exams in 2015.
I am currently taking:
-English
-Math
-Physics
-Biology
-Chemistry
-World Literature
-World History
-Development Studies

I was thinking of either becoming a Mixed Animal Vet or a Forensic Psychologist or MAYBE a Writer.
my questions are:
a). what are the minimum grades I need?
b). What are the requirements to get into vet and psychology school?
c). What subjects do I take for my A levels?
d). Are my subjects good enough?
e). Any other advice to get into a good school?
f). How can i become a writer if i choose to do so?

Thank you
Any extra information and helpful website would be greatly appreciated

Tanya Red

Admin 06.02.2013. 16:01

To be a vet, at least in the UK, you need all A or A* grades at A-levels in at least biology and another science and one other relevant subject. You should check the UCAS site http://www.ucas.co.uk for exact details. For forensic psychology you would probably need at least biology and psychology, probably also chemistry, and again high grades; the UCAS site would give details for each specific course you are considering. If you want to train in a country other than the UK, you would obviously need to check their equivalent websites for university requirements.

Being a writer is rather different - if you spend your time writing, then you are already a writer. To be a published writer, which can start at any age if you're good enough, you need to start submitting stories or articles to magazines, or novels/books to publishers. Making a career out of writing is very difficult and requires a lot of dedication as well as some good luck... lots of good material is rejected if it just doesn't happen to suit the current needs of the market. You can't 'become' a writer... either you are, or you aren't. While some techniques can be learned from books or creative writing courses, the main inspiration and dedication has to come from within. Many writers do not go to university at all as they're too busy writing.

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Dr. Steve 15.06.2008. 00:00

what's the first few steps to getting a book published...? Array

Dr. Steve

Admin 15.06.2008. 00:00

If you are talking about a novel, then you should definitely have the first draft finished and the first 50 pages revised and polished. You can revise and polish the rest of the manuscript while you are waiting to hear back on your query letter and partial submission. A good critique partner or critique group will help you with revisions and polishing.

So yes, you need to write an intriguing query letter and there are many articles and books to teach you how to do this. You will also need an outline or synopsis of the entire story (generally 4 or 5 pages) to send with the first 50 pages. These two items make up your partial. Most publishers only want to see a partial first, not your entire manuscript.

You will need to study the market so that you know which publishers and editors accept and publish books similar to yours (for example, mystery, science fiction, romance, young adult). Most publishers have websites that include submission guidelines. The guidelines will tell you whether or not they accept unagented writers, and if they want electronic or hard copy query letters, partials, or full manuscripts.

If the publishers you are targeting for your work do not accept unagented submissions, then your first steps would include submitting your query and/or partial to agents who are looking for new clients.

Good luck to you. Getting a book published is a long and often frustrating process, but the end result is well worth it!

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crosseyed 19.02.2013. 00:55

Jehovah's Witnesses. Do others do your thinking? ?Propaganda has power. Does it overpower you? Or do you have a mind of your own?

EDUCATION teaches you how to think. Propagandists tell you what to think. True educators present all sides of an issue and encourage discussion. Propagandists hammer hard on their view and discourage discussion. Many times their true motives are hidden.?
Awake! August 22, 1978 pages 3-4


Now let?s be honest about the opening remarks of this Awake article. If you are currently an active Jehovah?s Witness (JW), or if you?ve ever been a JW, do these introductory questions and comments promote any thoughts in your mind? Please prayerfully ask yourself, Does the organization ?teach you how to think? or do they in any way ?tell you what to think?? Once you are a baptized publisher, does the Watchtower Society ?present all sides of an issue and encourage discussion? or do they ?hammer hard on their view and discourage discussion??
Before we continue, notice this Question Box blurb from Our Kingdom Ministry 9/2007 Page 3,

?Does ?the faithful and discreet slave? endorse independent groups of Witnesses who meet together to engage in Scriptural research or debate??Matt. 24:45, 47.

No, it does not. And yet, in various parts of the world, a few associates of our organization have formed groups to do independent research on Bible-related subjects. Some have pursued an independent group study of Biblical Hebrew and Greek so as to analyze the accuracy of the New World Translation. Others explore scientific subjects related to the Bible. They have created Web sites and chat rooms for the purpose of exchanging and debating their views. They have also held conferences and produced publications to present their findings and to supplement what is provided at our Christian meetings and through our literature.?


Now let?s continue with the Awake article,

??the propagandist sees to it that his message is made to seem wise, the right and moral one, and gives you a sense of importance and belonging if you follow it. You are one of the smart ones, you are not alone, you are comfortable and secure?so they say.?

At this point does it appear that those in charge at the Watchtower Society are propagandists or educators? The article continues,


?Propagandists have little respect for people?s thinking abilities. Hitler wrote: ?The intelligence of the masses is small. Their forgetfulness is great. They must be told the same thing a thousand times.?


Under the subheading ?Tricks of Propagandists? The article continues,

?Symbols stir feelings. Words such as mother, home, justice, freedom?all pack a wallop for the heart.


Please note the following quotes from the Watchtower using the word mother as used by propagandists.

Watchtower 4/1/2006 page 24 paragraph 14, ?God?s organization plays a vital role in our spiritual growth. ?Like a mother who makes sure that her child is well-fed and cared for, ?the faithful and discreet slave? provides an abundance of timely spiritual food for our spiritual advancement?

Watchtower 6/15/2001 Page 26, ?In order to remain spiritually protected, we must remain under the wings of Jehovah. This means that we must not develop a spirit of independence. Let us always stay close to Jehovah and his motherlike organization, not separating ourselves from their direction and loving counsel.?

Watchtower 12/15/1986, page 23 paragraph 11, ?When the ?great crowd? appeal to their ?mother? organization for help, this is given instantly and in good measure.?

Watchtower 10/1/1978, page 24, ??our loving brothers in the United States, by means of the Watch Tower Society?s branch in Paris, provided us with clothes and other material help. That proved to us how Jehovah?s organization takes care of us, as a mother would.?

Watchtower 7/1/1976, page 400 paragraph 3, ?Jehovah sees to it that all the ?sheep? are taught through his wifelike organization, their ?mother,? so that they may have abundant peace and be firmly established in righteousness.?


Now notice the word justice as as the organization applies it to themselves,

Watchtower 7/1/1988, page 22, ?All these years in God?s organization have taught us an important lesson. It is only among God?s people that true justice may be found, with no racial, tribal, or religious barriers.?

Watchtower 5/15/1984, page 19 paragraphs 1, 7 & 8 SINCE 1914 a heavenly King has been enthroned and empowered to rule. And provision has been made for an earthly organization under ?princes? who rule for justice itself.

Paragraph 7, ?Honest-hearted people who now come streaming into Jehovah?s visible theocratic organization are attracted by the wonders of a spiritual paradise. Nowhere else on earth have they found righteousness and justice.?

Paragraph 8, ?Certainly, justice and righteousness dwell in Jehovah?s visible theocratic organization.?

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Admin 19.02.2013. 00:55

No. But they encourage each member to think as one mind when it comes to their basic beliefs and what the group does. Any member can leave at anytime they want to.

A lot of people that have studied with Jehovah's Witnesses might tell others that Witnesses can?t think for themselves because they didn?t want to submit themselves to what it takes to get baptized by them, but the Witnesses want people to be sure that they know their basic beliefs before getting
Baptized and to do as they do.

The Watchtower Biblical Library that Jehovah's Witnesses has,
they have kept it hidden from the public for years, but it is Online now
and anything a person wants to know about Jehovah's Witnesses
they can get it out of their Library Open http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/h/r1/lp-e

A good Biblical Library to compare them with and Others is Online now that is free,
nothing to join and ask for no donations is Open http://simplebibletruths.net/
simple bible truths is a Biblical Library. It is not a preaching website.
(SBT) has a whole page on JWs, they beliefs and what they do ect.

Plus whatever you want to know about what are the
Best Bibles is now Online also Open http://bestbibles.org/

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