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Top tips for getting published

A good idea is a great start..

You have writing talent. Your friends say that your work is worth reading. And now you have come up with The Idea. You feel it in your bones.
Characters are starting to form, becoming more real to you. A subject and a theme have come to your attention. It looks like you have a great story in you. But how do you get from this point to publication?

So many writers

Tons of books are published each year. There are hundreds of thousands of new titles published. But with so much submissions there is more competition than ever before.
So how do you increase your chances of getting your books and stories published? It is important to think smart about this and be your own best friend and best helper.


Getting an agent

Before you start contacting every publisher that you have ever heard of, you should first consider if the representation of a literary agent could help.
A literary agent represents the interests of the writer that she acts for. A good agent will advise you on your writing and on the market in general, she help you find the right place for your writing.
She will help to promote and sell you and your work to the appropriate publisher, fight for the best deal and, importantly, she will provide useful advice and support throughout the process.

Submitting work to publishers

If you do choose to submit directly to publishers or if have been unsuccessful in finding an agent your next option is to contact the publishers directly.
We’ve all heard of the slush pile, the pile of unsolicited manuscripts that every publisher has;
every so often we hear of an author who was plucked from this slush pile and then receives a three-book offer and a cash advance. Sounds like a dream come true.

It could be you 

And it’s true, this does happen – but it’s like a lottery. If you really want to get plucked from obscurity by this means you will have to be very tenacious or just plain lucky!
In order to improve your chances, it is vital that you research the market. Remember that publishing is a commercial business. You will have to convinced publishers will need to be that there is a potential market for any book that they decide to publish.


Self publishing

The internet have made self-publishing much more viable. If the traditional publishing route is not working out for you, or if you simply want to increase your chances, self publishing is worth considering.
There have been success cases where authors were rejected by publishers and agents only to achieve success in self publishing. But do not underestimate the amount of work involved.

Massive undertaking

Self-publishing is a massive undertaking!. However, one major benefit if you do go down this route, is that you will have to learn a lot about the publishing world, going past the knowledge of many writers.

A self-publisher will be in charge of:


Design Decisions

You need to choose how your story will look. Choice of font and font size are important. If you publishing in offline ‘physical world’ format, what weight paper?
You need to design the cover.

Editing  -for grammar,etc.

It is vital to go through your work and check for typos, spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and logical errors.
If possible get someone else to read through your work, someone with a natural talent for editing.

Editing – for story

If possible get someone or a group to give you feedback on your story plot, character development and story tempo. Don’t be tempted to do this too early though!
Criticism at the embryonic stage can be counter productive.


You have to decide how much your book will cost and whether you will give discounts or special offers?

Getting an ISBN

Getting an International Standard Book Numbers is important as it allows you to get your book stocked in bookshops and libraries.


For How many copies should you print? Should you do a print run or print to order? Again, this is not needed for online copies.


How will you get the word out about your book? Who will review your book? How can you best engage the press? Will there be interviews and features in the newspapers?



Will you sell the book yourself or hire someone else? Can you get sales people on commission only or should you pay them a salary? Do you have any useful contacts in bookshops, etc?


How will you store your books and where? How will you get orders? By email? By phone? How will you deliver the books?

Invoicing and accounting

You may need to set up a company or at least register as self employed for tax purposes. In what formats will you accept payments? Will you have an online shop?


How can you pay for the activities which you need? Should you work in a ‘day job’ and use this money to pay for sales people, advertising, paid-for reviews, etc? or should you work mainly on your book, investing your time instead?



Vanity Press

The line between vanity publishing and self-publishing can be a narrow one, but generally I stick to one rule: if you are pay someone else to publish your book, then it is vanity publishing.
Remember that mainstream publishers invest in the promotion of a body of work and make their profit from the sales.

They do not require an up front fee! Vanity publishers make money from upfront charges and do not guarantee any success. They have little or no incentive to sell your book.

Free publishing with Glitterbug chat stories 


The benefits of free self-publishing in new Media

A new option which has become available to new and emerging authors is the mobile-first fiction arena. Growing massively with readers, especially young adults, chat stories or mobile first fiction is going from strength to strength.

There are a growing number of chat story apps out there. Chat stories are fiction pieces told as a series of text messages. The messages appear on the screen one by one and the reader taps to see the next message.

This easy to read format makes reading on a mobile device much better and allows users to pick up stories and read them on the fly.

Our app, Glitterbug chat stories, allows authors to write and publish chat stories for free.


Writing a story with Glitterbug chat stories has many benefits:

1. We are a relatively new app so you can get in at the start and write stories which readers will notice.
2. In our first two months we have over 2000 downloads of our app. This is growing each week.
3. Writing in this format can help you to reach new readers quickly and promote your other works. We are happy for you to add a link to your other work on your author page.
4. Mobile first fiction allows you to cheaply and quickly distribute your stories to a wide audience without worrying about sales, logistics or initial costs.
5. You can reach a whole new generate of readers in a growing market.
6. Glitterbug chat stories can help to engage with readers, get feedback and ratings for your work.
7. Build up a loyal fan base and show this to publishers!!



Glitterbug Galvanize – casual motivation app

Get Galvonize casual motivation app on Google Play

Get Galvonize casual motivation app on Google Play

Whats new this week

This week we released the Glitterbug Galvanize app. It’s our brand new app and our first venture into lifestyle or motivational apps. Galvanize is a casual motivation app.

Galvanize is all about feeling better about yourself.

A casual motivation app

Galvanize a casual motivation app which means that there are no nagging
reminders, annoying push messages or updates on your progress. We find that those kind of techniques, while useful for some
people, do not suit everyone. One size does not fit all. Personally, I like to get ideas and suggestions for things that can
make me feel better without updates which make me feel guilty on those days that do not feel like doing the tasks.
We wanted something helpful but kinder and more gentle and that’s why we created Galvanize.


So, what exactly is casual motivation?

Casual motivation means that you are in control. Instead of adhering to a regimented schedule or when to do what, you decide
to take part when you want to. It can often be counter productive to be nagged about doing things we don’t feel up to.

Galvanize works like this – when you feel like you want to tune in, when you need suggestions, ideas or something, just
something to make you feel better, open the app, choose a topic and begin.

Topics include suggestions to make you feel happier, more energized, more social, comforted, more community focused, more aware, more upbeat, more relaxed.

How does Galvanize work?

This free app uses the premises of Cognitive behavioral therapy to provide motivation, lifestyle choices and practical suggestions.
Galvanize starts with a screen showing images and each image has a topic relating to how you want to feel or what you would like to
focus on.
Examples of these are first steps – things to do when you don’t feel like you want to get out of bed in the morning, energize –
activities which will increase your energy levels, give back – ideas for things you can do to help other people.
There are many more topics.
When you click on a topic, you will get a suggestion for an activity which you can do to help you get closer to your goal, whatever
that may be.
Simply tap the next button at the bottom of the screen to see the next idea. Read through the ideas or return to the screen to
choose another topic.


Galvanize in 1 minute

1. Open the app (no login required, no personal details taken)
2. Choose a topic e.g. feel relaxed
3. Click next to see each idea appear
4. Decide for yourself which ideas you would like try out

Get Galvonize on Google Play