The world of publishing is a crazy and often scary place. I’ve been in it a few years so I’m used to it now, but I remember back in the beginning I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. So here are a few bits and pieces I wish I’d known back then…
1. Don’t sign a contract without reading it. Not all publishers are legit.
I’m not naming any names here, not at all, but I remember how exciting it was to be offered a contract to publish my work. I thought it was the best thing ever and didn’t stop to think what would happen if something went wrong with the publisher further down the line. So look at the length of your contract (between three and five years is about average), what rights the publisher is asking for, and so on. If you’re not sure about a particular contract, ask other authors that write for the publisher in question for their opinion. Most of us are pretty helpful.
2. Learn to edit yourself.
The work you submit to a publisher should be your absolute best. Yes, you’ll be assigned an editor, but that doesn’t mean you should send in a piece riddled with spelling errors, and wrong punctuation and grammar. Nobody’s perfect, but you want to stay on your editor’s good side, as well as being professional, so edit your own work before sending it in. I find reading out loud helps.
3. Read lots in your chosen genre.
That way, you’ll get an idea of what’s being published, what sort of quality, what plots, what publishers are publishing what genres and pairings, and so on. You shouldn’t try to emulate anyone’s writing, you should always develop your own style, but it will help you learn about the more technical side of writing.
I hope this helps any budding writers out there. And other authors, please feel free to chip in with any other pieces of advice.
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9