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As a first time writer of a book in the general genre of 'fiction', what options do you think might be available to you when it comes to having your work published? If you are lucky enough to be a published author and not simply a 'writer' any more, what options did you have when looking to get your work published?...

There are of course many writers' diseases you should endeavor to inoculate yourself against. The result of catching one may simply cost you an irritating but short loss of time which means your manuscript will take longer to produce than originally planned. In the very worst case, the writer will give up altogether. There is one thing to remember...

For the new author with a manuscript ready to go, you have to think about the 'production' of your work. Probably the first thing to tackle is a cover ... or jacket. If you are only self-publishing in EBook format, then you will need an eye catching cover image. If you are looking to produce your book in a paperback...

After you have passed through the purgatorial process of writing your very first novel you have one big question to answer ... and that is: 'Who, in all reality, is going to not only publish your book, but hopefully give you some money for the privilege?' This is not an easy question to answer in an industry worth around $35...

Yes, this is the really tricky question ... and one that any writer has to resolve with care! If you are lucky enough to have an agent and a publisher, the tedious but necessary function of editing is done for you. If you are a lonely, up in the attic or on the kitchen table E-Book or self-published writer, then...

Being at the stage of having now written your book, edited it to perfection, produced a dazzling cover in full color and had the 'feel' of it in your hand, you now have to sell it. Yes the elephant in the room really is the art of 'marketing' with some seeing it as big 'con' and others conceiving the...

OK. You are planning to be a novelist. That is someone prepared to commit to writing 100,000 words or so, take a year out of your life and more if you are a working mum or dad; the type with three kids, a mortgage and a job that forces you to work unsocial hours.

It's that time of year again. The so-called 'Vanity Press' barons are hawking their wares once more looking for the best pickings of the very best season; Christmas and New Year. It is estimated that many millions will enter their already overloaded coffers by preying upon sentimentality and the vanity of a section of the public with too much money...

'Make sure you know your subject' ... that's what everyone says to you as a non-fiction writer. You will know your subject like the back of your hand and your 'best mate' or 'adoring girlfriend' can confirm that to anyone who asks.

As with Fiction writing, you need to plan your work and this requirement sounds quite reasonable. So, the next stage is simply to sit down, on your own, in a quiet place and start to plan!

There may well be a point in your writing career when you need to move on to non-fiction or 'factual' writing. A non-fiction writer is no less of a story teller that a fiction writer but the real difference is the story being told is about people who have really lived and events that have actually happened. So, there is...

Most who write fiction do so by referring to a memory bank of people, places and events needing to be recalled in some sort of order. They will then be mixed with a set of fictional circumstances that actually make up the story. A fiction writer is simply a 'story teller' who will often admit that many of the characters,...