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April 16, 2010

Getting Published: Do Your Reaserch!

Filed under: Getting Published — Tags: — ax20 @ 12:43 am

There are two different parts to this idea.

The first is that the book itself should obviously have proven facts and vivid detail. This is particularly important in non-fiction where you are teaching something. If you’re telling me about health, I need to see proof that eating meat is actually bad for you, not just be told it. This goes for any story. If you send your characters to China, the national language should not be Spanish. That’s an obvious statement but there are smaller details that done accurately make the story more realistic. You don’t want an unnecessary mistake due to lack of research be the reason that a reader is pulled out of the story. It lessens your credibility when your facts are off.

The second part is that your proposal should involve careful research. Beyond just who are the appropriate agents to send it to, the information provided should be correct. This means in terms of the submission guidelines, proper formatting, and actual content. When the agents/publishers see that the author is serious, they are more inclined to work with you. Who would want to work with someone when they know that person is not willing to put in the time and effort? By providing an in depth proposal (I will be writing a serious of posts about the different sections of a proposal soon), you show that you know what you are talking about, that you have some familiarity with what is going on, and that you are willing to put in the work. Not only will they not have to start from square one as far as explaining how things work, but they also will know that you are unlikely to be that difficult author who can’t be tracked down when they really need something.

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