Wednesday links: The publishing process and self-publishing

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

1. Literary Agent Tells All: Five Things You Don’t Know About Book Publishing, from The Write Life: Sometimes the steps that take your manuscript to published novel can seem like a bit of a mystery. This article clears a few of those steps up for you. Excerpt: “The publishing process can be mystifying, and sometimes writers are left feeling like they’re on the outside looking in. Creating a book ought to come with a handy user guide, but it doesn’t.”

2. Ten Things I’ve Learned from Evaluating Self-Published Books for a Year, from Writer Unboxed: A lot of self-published authors can be very successful, but it does take a lot of work. And, while not all authors are willing to put in that work, many self-published authors are. Excerpt: “Self-published work is often perceived as low quality, and self-published authors are sometimes assumed to be too lazy or not talented enough to get a contract with a traditional publisher. Not true. Sooooooo not true.”

**A quick note: I apologize to anyone who saw the incomplete version of this post go up; I mis-typed the publish date, and the post went live sooner than expected. From now on, I’ll definitely be triple-checking my scheduled publish dates. Thank you!

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