How to Get Read

Authors and aspiring writers oftentimes muse over how to get one’s work read, reviewed, and conceivably published by a major publishing house. As many decide to follow the path of self-publishing, a great deal of debate is going on about what are acceptable ways to promote one’s work.

Getting the Most out of Critiques & Comments
At some point in your writing career, you should seek feedback on your work. Sure, your mom can look it over. Your best friend can read your new novel, but if you want honest criticism, one of the best sources for critiques is from your peers.

A Critique Can Be Wrong
An important aspect you must consider is that critiques, or opinions, can be wrong. Even professional editors are not always right, just be prepared to take each critique seriously and see if you can apply it to your work.

“I Like your Story.”
Someone said they like your work. Great!
Then they start to get into a more solid critique. Do not automatically tune out everything after the BUT…

If you think it is totally off the mark, move on. Ask other writers in our community about the person’s comments. Do not be afraid. You are here to further your writing vocation.

“I Hate Your Story.”
That is hardly feedback, and it is definitely not helpful. We frown upon this type of comment, and will not publish it. We want to help you build confidence in your writing. Being constructive is the key.

Positives and Negatives
On that note, when giving feedback on another’s work, why not point out both the positives and the negatives? If the plotline is strong, say so. If the characters need work, let the writer know.
This approach can work miracles for a struggling writer – no matter what their level of experience. Whether you are just starting out or have already published several novels. If you are ready to gain a new appreciation for the writing process and network with your fellow writers on Angie’s Diary, it can help you get a fresh perspective on your writing.

Get…But DO Give
Don’t expect your fellow authors to overwhelm you with comments on your first post – of course, it does happen, even regularly – but instead, start giving feedback on the work other writers have posted, as they will almost certainly reciprocate. That is an important aspect of this magazine.

“I Don’t Know How to Give Feedback!”
Of course, you do. Just as you can spot strong and weak points in your own work, you can point out the same in other people’s work. In fact, by reading work from other writers, you can help develop a sense of what works and what doesn’t. Developing that sense will help you to improve your writing skills along the way.

Helpful hints
If your real goal is to get read, getting to the Top Ten and get published by Harper-Collins or similar publishing houses, here are some ideas that are NOT in violation of Angie′s policy:

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Traditional Publishing Pros
  • Widespread distribution and exposure
  • Most offer an advance, sometimes a substantial one
  • They do the editing, formatting, cover art
  • Marketing and promotion power
Traditional Publishing Cons
  • Very hard to get published
  • Slow processing until publication (6-18 months).
  • High book and eBook prices
  • They decide the title, cover art, and the final version
  • Royalties are paid only twice a year
  • Low royalty rates (6 – 25%)
Self-Publishing Pros
  • Royalties paid once a month
  • Complete control over price, cover, and final version
  • The publication is virtually instant
  • Easy to implement changes
  • Every decision is yours
  • High royalty rates
  • Anyone can do it
Self-Publishing Cons
  • No free professional editing, formatting, or cover art
  • Hard work to market and promote
  • Fewer sales
  • Less than 10% of total current book sales
  • Greater likelihood to publish substandard books