You’ve experienced the satisfaction of working hard to learn a craft and producing a quality piece of writing—but now what? If you ever want anyone to read your work outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, you’ll need to get published. Though self-publishing is always an option, this talk focuses on how writers generally approach the submission process. Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you besides your very best work. You’ll also get tips that will make your queries and proposals more effective for best results. Helpful for would-be authors and those who work with them so you can better guide your clients.
Ally Machate is the founder of The Writer’s Ally and your ally in book publishing. She’s a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning book editor, and expert publishing consultant. With her insider knowledge of the publishing industry, she helps others reach their publishing goals, whether it’s showing a writer how to improve a manuscript, get an agent, or successfully self-publish, or ghostwriting a book to help an entrepreneur skyrocket her business platform to new levels. Ally was the collaborator on the national bestseller The Way of the SEAL (Reader’s Digest Books, 2013) among other successful titles, and since 1999 she has helped over a hundred books across fiction and nonfiction categories make their way to the reading public one way or another.