When our heroine was wrapping up the first novel in this series, dear Reader, she was blissfully unaware of certain things to do with publishing. It became clear after some research just how many things that included. Publishing in this day and age of social media looks very different than publishing even twenty years ago.
One of the most comprehensive articles I found is actually a series of three by Tony Burton: How Are Books Published? Part One, Part Two and Part Three. I highly recommend this series. Terms regarding publishing get tossed about by those who are in-the-know, leaving those of us who are new to gather up the crumbs. This is a series that gets down to the very basics of different forms of publication. It’s information every writer should have.
Cader Books offers Free Advice in a post on their blog. It’s a Book Publishing FAQ containing ten questions with thorough answers about whether and how to find an agent, how to find the right publisher and so much more. Take a look at this one. It has some good advice.
And if that’s not enough, Bubblecow has 6 Publishing Secrets Every Writer Needs to Know. Does it contradict some of what you’ve already read? It might. You’re not going to get a straight, perfect, one size fits all answer to a lot of these questions. The best you can do is gather data and opinions so you can make an informed choice.
Finally, a hashtag. If you’re on Twitter, check out #pubtip for tips from literary agents, editors, established authors and more people who want to share tricks of the trade.
That should give you a good start. I know it has for me. I was a babe in the woods when it came to the new world of publishing. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The more I learn, the less I feel I know at times. These links and the #pubtip hashtag help me have a firmer foundation when it comes to the basics of publishing.