Traditional Publishing: How Fiction Writers Nab Book Deals & Get Published

Traditional Publishing: How Fiction Writers Nab Book Deals & Get Published

Are you interested in traditional publishing?

Welcome to the second article in our publishing series here at Well-Storied. Today, we’re exploring the most common way authors get published: traditional book deals.

Originally, I’d intended this post to include a breakdown of how traditional publishing works, as well as its pros and cons. But when outlining, I quickly realized just how much info I needed to convey, so we're breaking things up. 

Expect to see a second article on the pros and cons of traditional publishing soon! 

There are, of course, many ways in which an author can go about gaining an agent and landing a book deal with a traditional publishing house. Ask a slew of published authors about their experiences in the industry, and you'll get a slew of different answers.

But for simplicity's sake, today I’m going to break down the typical journey a debut author is likely to experience when publishing their book traditionally.

Your own experiences may vary, but if you’re brand new to traditional publishing, this article should give you a strong idea of how traditional publishing works. Sound good?

Without any further ado, let’s dive in!

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Publishing Your Fiction: Things to Know Before Getting Started

Publishing Your Fiction: Things to Know Before Getting Started

Recently, a shift has taken place in my writing life.

In my first five years of writing, I focused on learning the craft and improving my skills. During these years, I almost never felt that I'd written something worthy of publishing. My work simply wasn't up to par.

But now, that's beginning to change.

I'm finally coming to a place where I'm happy with my storytelling and prose. There's always more to learn and more room to grow, of course, but now I'm beginning to turn my eye toward publishing in earnest.

To prepare, I've been reading and researching everything I need to know about the publishing process, and I'm finally ready to share what I've learned with you in a new series on publishing. Hurray!

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Choosing Between Traditional and Self-Publishing (a #StorySocial recap)

Choosing Between Traditional and Self-Publishing (a #StorySocial recap)


Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing, as well as how to choose the best route for your stories!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Began Writing

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Began Writing


Five years ago in May, I had a story idea that would forever change my life.

You see, I am a constant daydreamer. And while I'd dabbled here and there in writing down the stories I daydreamed, it wasn't until one specific story idea came along that I began to write with any seriousness. 

Five years later, fiction is my life. 

I write it, teach it, making my living from it---and I am so grateful to be able to say that.

I've learned so much these past five years (and I know I still have so much more to learn), but today I'd like to share five things in particular that I wish I'd known when I first began writing as a way to celebrate my writing anniversary with all of you!

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How to Raise the Stakes in Your Story

How to Raise the Stakes in Your Story

Let’s raise the stakes!

Keeping readers engaged in your story is, of course, paramount. And one of the easiest ways to ensure readers keep turning pages is to thread your novel with powerful stakes. 

Raising the stakes means making sure your characters always have something to lose.

For them, something important is at risk. And that risk can have a huge impact, heightening your story’s conflict, adding thrilling tension and suspense, revealing new truths about your characters, propelling their emotional journeys forward, and more!

But how do you go about building powerful stakes for your story? And how can you raise the stakes when your story seems to be running out of steam? Let’s dive in to today’s breakdown!

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Exploring the Many Ways to Structure a Story (a #StorySocial recap)

Exploring the Many Ways to Structure a Story (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored the unique ways in which we all structure our stories!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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3 Simple Ways to Combat Your Writer's Ego

3 Simple Ways to Combat Your Writer's Ego

Learning to let go of silly dreams can be tough, but it's all too necessary if you want to succeed.

Whether you realize it or not, your writer's ego may be standing between you and the writing life you crave. Sounds crazy right? But it's true!

On Monday, writer Emma Welsh stopped by the blog to share all about what a writer's ego is, why it's dangerous, and how you can spot the signs that your own ego might be taking over.

Today, I'm thrilled to have Emma back to talk all about how we can combat our egos and keep our writing goals within sight. Make sure to check out Monday's article first, then come back here to dive into Emma's best ego-crushing tips!

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Is Your Writer's Ego Standing In Your Path to Success?

Is Your Writer's Ego Standing In Your Path to Success?

When I was younger, I wanted to be the next Tolkien.

And while I now know I'll never reach those lauded halls, I won't deny that I would still love to see my name in lights. To be the next great fantasy writer. My writer's ego can often be found running on all cylinders...and that poses a big problem. Many of them. How so? 

Today, I'm so thrilled to have my lovely friend and fellow writing blogger, Emma Welsh, join us on the blog to break this subject down in depth. In fact, Emma will share all you need to know about the Writer's Ego in not one, but TWO articles here on Well-Storied.

Make sure to read today's article to learn all about what the writer's ego is, why entertaining it can cause more harm than good, and what signs you can look for to make sure you stay on track for true writing success.

And don't forget to come back Wednesday to learn how you can combat your writer's ego like a champ. Sound good? Without any further ado, I'll let Emma take the wheel!

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How to Grow Your Fiction Readership on Social Media

How to Grow Your Fiction Readership on Social Media

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to grow your fiction readership with social media!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Writing Life (April 2017)

Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Writing Life (April 2017)


Another month, another Read & Written recap!

April went by in a flash, which is no surprise considering my brain still seems to think it should be February---despite the fact that the weather already has me in shorts. *sigh*

In more exciting news, I relaunched my Youtube channel this month! So naturally, I thought it would be a lot of fun to not only recap my month in reading and writing here on the blog, but also in video. You can watch me talk it up below or head over to Youtube to check it out. 

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