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At the moment all I have, is an idea and the first few chapters to a story. After this I am completely baffled. How do you get a book edited and published. I completely lost. Thank you in advance.

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Hi,

Congrats on writing your book!  

As far as getting the book published, I encourage you to finish the book first.  You can locate editors and publishers by attending writer conferences listed in directories such as Writer's Market.  You can also contact editors and publishers directly.  Literary Market Place, Writer's Market and other directories list editors and publishers and the type of work they are looking for.

Some of these directories also include sample cover letters.  After you find an editor or publisher who works with the type of book you write, craft a cover letter to send to the editor or publisher.

I also encourage you to join professional writers' groups to have chapters of your manuscript critiqued.  Writers in these groups will offer valuable feedback on your manuscript and give you suggestions to tighten and improve your writing.

Keep in mind that many large publishers work with manuscripts that are submitted to them via an agent.  You can find agents in Writer's Market, Literary Market Place, writer's magazines, etc.

All the best!  

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Rhonda Campbell

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I can answer questions on how to get published in magazines and newspapers; how to market your own books; how to earn a living writing; how to write press releases; how to find a good editor; how to edit your own books; finding a good printer; finding a good book illustrator; doing your taxes as a freelance writer. Questions I can't answer include specifics around working with a print on demand publisher

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I have 36 years of experience as a writer (fiction and non-fiction). I am a book reviewer with Nielsen Media. I am a newspaper columnist and a reporter. I am a former radio station host and I am the editor of a literary newsletter, The Book Lover's Haven. I am also the author of more than 10 books.

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Writer's Critique Group

Publications
The Trenton Times Philadelphia Trend Sisters in Style Essence Magazine The Pittsburgh Quarterly Obsidian II, etc.

Education/Credentials
I have taken numerous writing courses on book, proposal and grant writing as well as marketing and promotion

Awards and Honors
100 Most Admired African American Women Who's Who

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