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hello, i was just wondering if anyone can get a book published or do you need any speacial degrees and stuff like that.

thanks in advance

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Hi, Chris!

I saw your question in the question pool and thought I'd offer to help. Yes, anyone can get a book published if the book is good! No special degrees or anything are required. I only have a high school diploma and I've written and published more than a dozen books with a major NY publisher. So, sure. It's possible.

The trick is making it good. It's not just a question of making it an interesting plot, but putting that plot, and the characters and such down on paper in a way that flows well and hooks the reader. That takes either 1) practice; or 2) training. Most writers do it through practice. They expect that the first book, or five books, will never see the light of day. They're just not good enough. But maybe you'll do it on the first book! There's just no telling.

One thing you'll have to start to concentrate on is making every single thing you put on paper the best it can be. That means capitalization, spelling, punctuation---all that. The publisher will expect the book to be in near perfect form when they receive it. Editors don't really have time in today's busy publishing world to guide a book that has "promise of being great" toward that goal. That used to happen, but not anymore. Now, an author has to spend more time getting every word to be the best it can. If you're willing to spend that time learning the craft, then sure . . . you can publish. But take the time. Do it right and read as much as you can in the genre you want to publish in. Write and read and write some more. :)

Hope that helps, and feel free to ask any other questions that come up along the way.

Cathy

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

Experience

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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