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    [About] Submit Suggestions for FAQ Topics and Resources thread

    Please watch out for good resources (books as well as online sources) about publishing and the more practical aspects of being a writer and send them to me, either via email or via PM on Absolute Write.

    Feel free to suggest FAQ topics or categories, as well as links to posts and threads on AW itself.

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    Feel free to use any or all of my not-a-FAQ. Or not use it; it's entirely up to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HapiSofi View Post
    Feel free to use any or all of my not-a-FAQ. Or not use it; it's entirely up to you.
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    I'd like to see a full description of the publishing process from acceptance to backlisting. All the players at every point, what they do. I saw this on an agent's website once and THOUGHT I bookmarked it, but didn't!

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    Stacia had a great post in another thread about how the editing process is supposed to work. I think it'd be awesome to have that (or something like it) linked somewhere.
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    I'd like to see an FAQ on the differences between publishing/submitting in the UK and the US (and any other markets we can find information on). Stuff like - what's the difference between a query and a covering letter? This agent is recommending I use an editing service like Cornerstones, are they trying to scam me?

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    I haven't looked for this yet, so it may already exist, but do we have any kind of commonly used terms with definitions? Especially in self-publishing, I've seen indie, self-published, direct-to-reader all used interchangeably. Also, traditional publisher and trade publisher and book formats (e-book, paperback, etc.). Many times there is confusion when someone is referring to self-publishing when what they have written is e-publishing. That one really sparks a quick response. I don't know if it would help to have a list of definitions, but it seems when threads get derailed due to wording issues, it would be nice to be able to simply direct someone to the common words/definition page rather than having a back-and-forth exchange time and time again.

    ETA: I see there is one, but I think I'm talking about something a bit different in that I didn't see any of the terms I mentioned above in Janet Reid's article. Most of her references seemed to be geared toward trade publishing terms (although certainly not all of the words were specifically for trade publishing only).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Plum View Post
    I'd like to see a full description of the publishing process from acceptance to backlisting. All the players at every point, what they do. I saw this on an agent's website once and THOUGHT I bookmarked it, but didn't!
    This.

    BUT first I'd like a map or step-by-step outline of the publishing process from the time a WIP is completed to the time it's accepted. I THINK it goes like this: 1. Finished MS. 2. Synposis 3. Query Letter (Hell) 4. Agent/Publisher research 5. Submission

    BUT I could be wrong. And under Submission would come subheadings . . . I think . . . maybe?

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    I just wanted to suggest a very good resource on contracts. Kristen Nelson's Agenting 101 blog posts lead you from deal points when you get an offer through specific clauses and language in the contract--more clearly than anything else I have read online. She points out specific terms for rights, royalties, payouts, etc. I recommend this resource more than anything else listed. Wish I had seen this before getting my first offer.

    Here's the first post:
    http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2006/06...-part-one.html
    (the listing of Agenting 101 posts is in the lower right column.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WriteMinded View Post
    This.

    BUT first I'd like a map or step-by-step outline of the publishing process from the time a WIP is completed to the time it's accepted. I THINK it goes like this: 1. Finished MS. 2. Synposis 3. Query Letter (Hell) 4. Agent/Publisher research 5. Submission

    BUT I could be wrong. And under Submission would come subheadings . . . I think . . . maybe?
    Thing is, that process isn't always the same. Some agents want one thing, some another. For instance, there might be a synopsis and there might not. There's really no need to research publishers until you are actually offered a deal. It would still be a good subject for a sticky, but in the meantime you could ask about that at the Ask the Agent forum.

    For what it's worth, the usual AW process seems to be:

    1. Finish the MS.
    2. Write a query letter (Hell).
    3. Research agents.
    4. Submit per their requirements -- query only, query + synopsis, query + first ten pages, whatever.
    5. Assess any offers of rep according to various considerations that you can ask about in Ask the Agent.

    That is a bare-bones checklist that could use a paragraph of expansion on each point. Anyone, please amend as needed!


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    And lo! Random House provides some info:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FlnA...feature=relmfu

    It's a Random House promo rather than a tutorial, but it does give a look at the process.

    Incidentally, another on producing audio books:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF_uP...feature=relmfu

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    Thank you, Miss Plum!!

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    Got another outline of the publication process, which INCLUDES querying:

    http://www.dsmagency.com/published.html

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    Found another essay on process:

    http://www.jplm.com/advice.php

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    Finding resources

    I'm sticking this here because I think it's most relevant - but not sure. And maybe it's been covered but I couldn't think of the right search terms. Anyway...

    Every time I see someone post a link to an article about writing, publishing, agents, etc, I wonder - how do they find these things? I've done some googling for blogs but there are thousands - so how do I know which ones to choose to follow (I've been running about 50/50 worthwhile versus junk so far)? And which publications are actually knowledgeable versus just attention-grabbing (I guess "news" type versus "this is my opinion" type)?

    I'd like to be able to keep up with the latest discussions/articles/whatever, but I don't want to spend all my time on the 'net either, so I guess I'm wondering if there's a recommended list somewhere here (or if one could be developed) so we could keep up with things in a time-well-spent manner?
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    Since no one else is willing to share their secrets .... For the most part, I start with someone/thing I trust (i.e., Writer Beware Blogs!), and take note of who/what they link to, with further note of who/what they to, etc. Keeping within, say, three degrees of separation gives me a core list of the major who/what/where/why without becoming overwhelming.
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    I follow a bunch of blogs/sites from people I know, or from people in areas I'm interested in via subscribing to them in Google Reader.

    I choose who/what to follow based on whether I know them personally, i.e. in life or from AW, for instance, or if they're a reputable site/publication.

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    eCub

    I hope someone "in charge" reads this.

    I would like to see eCub added to the list of useful publishing software. I use it for creating mobi and ePub files from HTML source, and i think it is the best available software for the DIY power user. It's also cross platform so it works on Mac, Windows, etc.

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    I think we may need a meta-FAQ, or a FAQ that tells you where to find FAQs on given subjects - a FAQ-FAQ (that sounds like I'm angry. Oh, wait...)

    It's become very fractured -- the problem isn't insufficient information, it's too much data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Guy View Post
    I think we may need a meta-FAQ, or a FAQ that tells you where to find FAQs on given subjects - a FAQ-FAQ (that sounds like I'm angry. Oh, wait...)

    It's become very fractured -- the problem isn't insufficient information, it's too much data.
    A dead giveaway is looking for subforums and threads with FAQ in their title.

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    Sometimes it must be a terrible temptation to throw up your hands and say "FAQ it all!"

    That said, a FAQ TOC might help the clueless newbies such as moi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WriteMinded View Post
    And under Submission would come subheadings . . . I think . . . maybe?
    Several:

    Prayer
    Goat-sacrifice
    Visit to the crossroad on a moonless night
    Copious weeping
    Talisker or Laphroaig, neat


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    Quote Originally Posted by blacbird View Post
    Several:

    Prayer
    Goat-sacrifice
    Visit to the crossroad on a moonless night
    Copious weeping
    Talisker or Laphroaig, neat


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