The Author’s Path: The Journey to Publication

Today I’m happy to share an exclusive with my readers: a detailed look at how NetGalley’s Stuart Evers and Myfanwy Collins went from manuscript to publication. They offer a comprehensive look at their publishing experience, including marketing and PR advice.

Stuart Evers is a former commissioning editor and now author of two collections of stories and a novel, as well as the NetGalley UK Community Manager.

Myfanwy Collins is the author of a novel for adults, a collection of stories, and a novel for young adults, as well as the office manager at Firebrand Technologies (NetGalley’s parent company), and manager of social media for Bookish (NetGalley’s sister site).

Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in the hour-long discussion, with time stamps:

  • 1:45: How to write a book
  • 8:30: Your book is ready! Now what?
  • 10:00: The conventional approach
  • 12:30: Tips for finding an agent
  • 19:00: What happens if a publisher accepts you
  • 22:50: The slush pile blues
  • 25:30: How work is submitted
  • 28:45: Submissions tools
  • 32:30: Pre-publication marketing
  • 39:50: Marketing tools and activities
  • 50:00: Q&A

Posted in Getting Published.
Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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