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How do i go about getting my book published?

Hi, Chris!

I'll need a little more information before I can advise you. Tell me what you mean by "published." There are lots of different ways to do this, and how to go about it depends on what you want and what you've written. So, the different types of publishing are:

1.  Commercial publishing. These include the books you see in the stores by major publishers, like Random House, Dell, Tor/Forge and others.

2.  Small Press/University Press. These are what they call "niche" books, which appeal to a very narrow demographic of people and wouldn't do well on the national or world stage.

3.  Self-publishing. You "self-publish" a book when you create your own company and produce the book by yourself, from formatting, to hiring a cover artist, a printer, buy the ISBN and market it. This is a long, difficult process but some people do really well at it if they have a lot of business experience.

4.  Subsidy publishing. A subsidy publisher is one where you pay the publisher to produce the book, instead of the publisher paying YOU (which is what happens with #1 and #2 above). Like self-publishing, you have greater control over the process, but you also have to do the work. A subsidy publisher is very much like your local Kinkos. They take whatever you hand them and put it in a specific format and hand it back to you collated and bound. But there's little, if any editorial process and no marketing to the public.

So, tell me what you're interested in with a follow-up question and I'll try to steer you right! :)


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Cathy Clamp


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.


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.

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

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

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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