Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4

25 Apr

By Nesher Ehrman
Hello once again. This is installment number 4 in the series Realizing Your Writing Potential. Like most fours, this one has a one, two and three, so if you haven’t read those yet, you should do that first. In this part, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details of how to publish with a recognized publishing company.
So, how do you contact a publishing company? Who should you go with? How do you even find them? 
Google knows. No, seriously, Google knows everything. Utilize the all-knowing search engine to cast your net. search for publishing companies close enough to work with. No matter where you live, there are a lot of publishing companies in your area. (Unless you’re in Antarctica, in which case, how are you getting an internet signal?)
Compile a list of all the publishing companies near you, and slot them into a chart. Some companies will charge money just to read your manuscript, so decide whether – and how much – you’re willing to pay for that. If not, strike them out. Cross out companies if they don’t publish the kind of book you’ve written – companies are generally very clear about which genres they publish. Keep crossing out companies until you have a list of places which you think might want to publish your book. This list can range from two to twenty, depending on how picky you are, where you live, and how industriously you’ve worked on your list.
Some of the companies on your list might accept entries by email. This requires the least effort, so send to those first. What do you have to lose? Next, send printed copies to the rest, according to their requirements. Different companies might ask for carbon copies in a specific font or text size, so pay attention to that. Don’t forget include your details, so that the company can get back to you if they like your manuscript. Finally – and do not, on any account, skip this step – heave a sigh of relief.
The final item on your agenda is to wait. Publishing companies are notorious for taking their time in processing manuscripts, in order to choose the best. Not to worry, though, because you write brilliantly, so it’s just a matter of time.
In the next and final installment of this series, Part 5, we’ll talk about self-publishing, who you should do it with, and how to it correctly. See you there!
Nesher Ehrman is an author for The Writing Corp, and when he’s doing anything other than refreshing the view stats for that website, you can find him (and his work) over at

One Response to “Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4”

  1. Saronai April 26, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Good series for helping people pull their work out of drawers and do something more with it.

    I just wanted to add something to this part…these days, a lot of the big publishers and some of the small ones won’t even really look at you without getting an agent first, in which case, you look for agents pretty much the same ways you would a publisher.

    If you’re not too busy, I’d recommend a bonus “Part 6: Looking for an Agent” or something similar.

    Thanks for the post!

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