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shadowwalker
03-29-2010, 12:40 AM
I am brand new wet-behind-the-ears to the publishing world - that is to say, I have no idea what happens when or how or why, and the language totally confuses me. I've found bits and pieces in the various forums, but for instance, I had no idea what a sim-sub was until I googled it, and then I felt like DOH!

Is there a "Publishing for Dummies" around, here or elsewhere? Something that will tell me what the step-by-step process is, terms I should know, etc. Any recommendations for books or blogs or sites? Or same that I should stay away from (as in, erroneous info, self-serving advice, etc)?

jvc
03-29-2010, 01:04 AM
We have an Absolute Write Dictionary at the top of this (FAQ) forum with terminology and abbreviations in. If you don't find what you're looking for in there, just ask in the thread and someone will answer. At some point I'll update the first post with all the terms others have posted. Maybe do that next week sometime. Perhaps. :D

Link for Dictionary is here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21648

There are a few other stickies at the top of this forum, just above this thread. Cathy_C's threads about Glossary of Publishing terms, and Formatting Manuscripts. There's also KaiteMac's Writing Novels FAQ thread.

shadowwalker
03-29-2010, 02:40 AM
We have an Absolute Write Dictionary at the top of this (FAQ) forum with terminology and abbreviations in. If you don't find what you're looking for in there, just ask in the thread and someone will answer. At some point I'll update the first post with all the terms others have posted. Maybe do that next week sometime. Perhaps. :D

Link for Dictionary is here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/...ad.php?t=21648 (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21648)

Thanks. I have checked that out, but yeah, an "index" would be helpful. There's a lot of "LOL means..." type posts that don't really help ;)

What I've got so far is author writes ms, author finds agent and sends query, agent accepts or not, agent finds publisher... but is it that "simple"?

Sorry if this sounds dumb - whenever I get into new "ventures" I always feel like there's so much more to learn than I'll ever figure out :Huh:


We have an Absolute Write Dictionary at the top of this (FAQ) forum with terminology and abbreviations in. If you don't find what you're looking for in there, just ask in the thread and someone will answer. At some point I'll update the first post with all the terms others have posted. Maybe do that next week sometime. Perhaps. :D

Link for Dictionary is here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21648

There are a few other stickies at the top of this forum, just above this thread. Cathy_C's threads about Glossary of Publishing terms, and Formatting Manuscripts. There's also KaiteMac's Writing Novels FAQ thread.

Oh, somehow I missed the Glossary of Publishing Terms! Gawd. That's the kind of help I need - pointing me in the right direction! :D

Cathy C
03-29-2010, 02:46 AM
Glad it helped, shadowwalker! Don't forget one of the best threads on the site: Jenna Glatzer's How Real Publishing Works (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20586). If you still have questions after reading this, we'll find the answers for you. Welcome to the Boards. Happy reading! :D

shadowwalker
03-29-2010, 03:08 AM
Glad it helped, shadowwalker! Don't forget one of the best threads on the site: Jenna Glatzer's How Real Publishing Works (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20586). If you still have questions after reading this, we'll find the answers for you. Welcome to the Boards. Happy reading! :D

Oh that's another good one for newbies, alright! This is the type of thing I needed. Thanks so much, everyone! :D

shaldna
03-29-2010, 01:39 PM
Check out Uncle Jims sticky, it's a great learning too.

Also, there are lots of great resources out there, on this site and others. Any questions your have just ask, someone will always be there to answer.

In addtion there is a publishing for dummies book, although it's more aimed towards actual publishing. I recomend Carole Blake 'pitch to publication' for this.