Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Getting Your Novel Published

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Getting Your Novel Published

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1. Read widely in your genre so you can be clear what sort of book you are writing and where it fits with what's come before it.

2. Join your state's writers' centre (all states and territories have one) for courses, workshops and advice to help you through every stage of writing, rewriting, editing and polishing your manuscript. They can also put you in touch with affiliated local and regional writers' groups who can offer support and motivation.

3. Persist. Finishing your manuscript is an achievement in its own right. Forge on.

4. Don't part with your manuscript too soon. Publishing houses are looking for manuscripts as perfect as they can be. They don't all have the resources to nurse you through the rewriting and editing process even if your work shows promise - so it's up to you to ensure your manuscript is as good as you can get it before it's submitted.

5. Make use of specialist literary services such as manuscript appraisal agencies and freelance editors who, for a fee, can provide professional guidance on how to improve your manuscript and give it the best chance of getting published. …

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