Becoming a published author can be a complicated journey for those unsure where to begin. Very few people are aware of the correct industry process to take on the road to publication, and many aspiring authors wind up wasting their time pitching improperly, or sending their work to the wrong sources.
If you are working through NYIAD’s online course for creative writers, along the way, you will be accompanied by a dedicated team of mentors who are all experienced writers, and who have gone through the publishing process themselves. They are here to give you feedback on your work, help develop your stories and characters, and provide general support as you pitch your work and navigate the publishing process. Getting started, here are 5 things you should know about what it takes to get your writing published and sold:
- Understand The Publishing World
- Learn About Agents
The best writers are readers. This may seem like a clichéd piece of advice, but it’s absolutely crucial to your process. Depending on the specific genre you’re looking to delve into yourself, it’s worth exploring and reading the type of work that has been successfully pitched and published, to get an idea of how a professional piece of creative writing should sound.
It’s important for you to realize that in today’s industry, there are many more routes to publication than there used to be. From self-publishing your work to collaborating with an academic press, no one route is necessarily superior to another, and it’s important for you to determine which path is in your best interest before you dive in. Again, if you are a NYIAD creative writing student, this is exactly the type of decision you should make with the help and guidance of your mentors.
Having a productive, well-informed literary agent can be extremely helpful, but it isn’t always necessary, and it’s important for you to decide whether you need one before you get started. Many published authors who have been through the process will tell you- having a bad agent can be much worse than not having one at al. Be careful who you trust with your work, and make sure to chat with your NYIAD instructor before you begin working with an outsider during the pitching process.