I'm often asked about how to become a writer and get started publishing. I believe the old ways - write a book in solitude, send out hundreds of agent queries via snail mail, maybe get an agent and then wait while dozens of editors take eons to mull over your creation - are long over. You can still do it that way, or attempt to, but really your best bet at building a career in writing once you have a polished and edited manuscript is to simply publish it yourself.
While that may sound easy, the reality is that becoming a successful writer - someone who can make a living at it and maybe then some - takes long hours. Others can point out the steps to publishing or provide advice, but it's up to each writer to put in the time and increase their chances of reaching readers.
So to help out those who've asked me and those who are wondering just how you do it, I'd like to share a list of books that I've found helpful. Before I do that, though, I need to mention once again that the best place on the internet for writes to learn about the digital publishing world is the Writers' Cafe at www.kboards.com.
Totally new to publishing and don't have time to sift through all the threads at Kboards? I suggest starting with David Gaughran's books: Let's Get Digital and Let's Get Visible.
A wonderful guide to how to create fiction, from plotting to pacing.
" Why do some novels become spectacular bestsellers while others fall
flat? In this concise (31,000 words) guidebook, bestselling author
Patricia Ryan reveals the key elements of those page-turners that earn a
place of honor on our keeper shelves. Learn how to avoid pitfalls like
obscurity and over-writing while utilizing story questions, empathy, and
more, to keep your readers enthralled."