Here at Prescott Publishing, we get a lot of questions from new authors asking what they need to do to get their book published.
Although we are a small company with an even smaller staff, our publishing calendar is filled to bursting, so we are unable to consider unsolicited manuscripts at this time. Nevertheless, we do wish these authors well and would like to offer as much help as our busy schedules would allow.
One of the things we tell them is that if they want to attract the attention of a mainstream publisher — something Prescott Publishing decidedly is not (yet) — then they must devote some time to building their platform.
Christopher Hitchens once said, “Everyone has a book inside them, which is exactly where I think it should, in most cases, remain.”
Is the book that is inside of you threatening to come out? You can use this handy Procrastination Guide for Writers to make sure it stays where it belongs. Or not.
Set vague goals.
As long as your writing objectives are not clearly defined, any typing you do can count towards meeting them, including email, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as grocery and to-do lists. With luck, you might go months without producing anything substantial.
Avoid writing new material.
Instead, spend your time obsessing over the stuff you wrote a week, a month, or even a year ago. It matters little whether the old stuff has already been published or not. Just keep reading and re-reading and endlessly editing and re-editing it, until you’re certain it’s perfect.
Think it through.
Carefully craft every last sentence in your mind before committing words to paper. Avoid the hassle of later revisions altogether by figuring out exactly what it is you wish to communicate and writing it right the first time.
Finish what you start.
Make sure you complete one project before tackling another. Stalled on one book or blog post idea when inspiration strikes for another? Just ignore it. With a good case of writer’s block, this rule alone can keep you in limbo for months or years at a time.
Stick to your outline.
Sure, you may already have (and only need) four good points, but if you intended to write five, just sit on the project for a while. That last point will eventually come; if you’ve moved along to something new, you’ll miss it.
This guide is good not only for writers, but for bloggers, as well, so commit it to memory and practice until it becomes second-nature.
But take note: If you ever decide to ditch procrastination in favor of productivity, these five rules will need to be the first to go.
Prescott Publishing is pleased to announce a new program for 2013: Resources for Writers. We receive frequent requests from new authors seeking publication — far too many requests for us to publish all those projects ourselves. Yet, many of their books are well written and publication-worthy.
So, while our publishing calendar is full (and we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts), we would like to do what we can to help these hardworking writers. As time allows, we plan to publish posts and pages this year detailing things writers can do to hone their craft and to get their work in print.
This first resource is a simple one: a chart to help track annual growth and progress through social media outlets and personal and/or business blogs. If you want to succeed as a writer, you should work on building your platform long before you publish. Click here to download a free printable version.
We’ll discuss more about how to do this in the coming weeks and months. To make sure you do not miss any tips, sign up in the column on the right to receive Prescott Publishing’s posts, delivered straight to your inbox.
May 2013 bring you lasting success in all your writing endeavors!