The Manuscript is Done. Now What?
March 20, 2012 11:25 AM Subscribe
My manuscript (sci-fi) is done, and my test readers tell me it's great. Can you point me to good resources on what to do next (and how)? I know how to self-pub, but how do I navigate the traditional routes? As always there's more inside...
posted by scaryblackdeath to media & arts (25 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
I've self-published an ebook before (comedic, steamy urban fantasy) and done pretty well with that route. I'm not about to quit my day job on the strength of that book, but it went up in June and I'm still steadily selling 3-4 a day. I didn't even try the traditional route with it for several practical reasons (length, previous online exposure, etc). Ultimately, I know how to do that route, and I know that it's not the road to riches, but it's not at all a waste of time.
But now I've written the sci fi novel* that I've always wanted to write. I'm getting positive feedback from serious readers who won't bullshit me. I'm still polishing the hell out of it... but I've come to the crossroads of traditional vs. self-publishing and I need some help with this. I know one is supposed to get an agent, but I don't know anything about how that's done or how to know if I've gotten a good one. I don't know anything about what the actual money is like--i.e., what's a waste, what's a rip-off, and what are realistic expectations for a first-time author.
Can anyone point me to good resources on this (or feel like answering here)? I know there are lots of articles online, but most of the ones that I've found through searching around are either disjointed, presume a lot of prior knowledge, or are plainly just advertisements from places that want me to buy something from them.
What can I really expect from a traditional publisher besides being hooked up with a cover artist and an advance check? Do they really offer much exposure/publicity anymore?
(*It's a coming of age military space opera novel about unchecked corporate power, the crushing burdens of student debt, and space pirates. Lots of space pirates.)