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How to Navigate the Publishing World

TalkShop Publishing tipsAre you aspiring to write your own book one day? Do you already have the manuscript but are clueless as to how to proceed? Have you been rejected time and again by publishers, and are ready to give up? Do you feel let down by the dismal sales of your first book? Many good writers are in the same boat because they do not know the ins and outs of publishing.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO, guides you through the complicated world of publishing. Viesca, is a published author as well as a regular writer on creativity, effectiveness, and leadership in her personal blog and her company website. She says, “While social media has made it easier to share one’s thoughts with an international audience through online writing, traditional publishing remains tedious. To get a book published, it is not enough that one knows how to write in a compelling manner. You need to find the right publisher who can help you get a good following.

Sheila Viesca shares these simple tips for writers:

1. Know your options. Make it a point to do your research on the available publishers. Check online, ask the writers you know, get referrals. Some people prefer to self-publish, but if your aim is to reach a wider network, choose to get published by a big publisher who has national or international network. There are also agents who can refer you to the right publishers. The reason this works is that big publishers do not have time for unsolicited materials that have not been reviewed by their agents. This situation makes the agent a powerful author’s ally who can put in a good word or two for your material to be given top priority.

2. Do your research and comparative study. The reputation of your publisher will brush off on your work. Choose those who are known to publish the genre you want to be known for (i.e., education, fashion, food, self-help). Know the target audience of the publisher. This is important because the book events and engagements they set up will attract the right readers, and eventually followers of your work.

3. Mind your submissions. Be aware of the varying requirements of different publishers. Ask about word limit, if an agent is required, how you send the summary, if needed. Other specifications include the publisher’s preference on spacing, font size, length of material. And when you do submit, remember to keep the original with you. It is also okay to ask how long you have to wait or when you may follow up, review the edited version, and see the book in stores.

Learn the ins and outs of traditional and Social Media publishing. From conceptualizing, author branding, publishing process, marketing and publicity, Viesca shares her experiences and professional guidance to set you on your way to getting your name online or in the bookshelves.

www.talkshop.ph | (632) 894 5588 | “Get Published”

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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