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​Writing and Publishing

First, what are you writing?

A screenplay?  Short story?  Novel?  Children's book?  What type or genre?   This may affect where you go for sources on feedback and who you look to for publishing.   Knowing what "format" or genre will give you an edge.  It is more than simply saying "it's an action screenplay."  Have you read other action screenplays?  Do you know what young adult books tend to have in common?  Have you noticed that children's books are illustrated by professionals and not the author's children?

Check our catalog for similar books or works.  Check them out.  Enjoy them.  If you 'd like to browse our books on different types of writing, check your local library's nonfiction section in the range 808.   

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Read scripts o​​​​nline​  

How-to guides are harder to find for scripts than books. This website will let you see examples of completed scripts for movies, tv shows, musicals, plays and more!


Self-publishing is an alternative many authors consider.  However, it is not as clear cut as asking someone to publish your book.  You can publish in print or digital, do-it-all-yourself or pay others for help.  You can find these companies through an online search or through advertisements.  Since the industry is still fairly new, always read carefully the terms of a company that helps you self-publish.  You may wish to join online boards and seek the experience and advice of others.  Here are a few places to learn more. 

Self-Publishing a Book - 25 Things you Need to Know​ 

How to Self-Publish an eBook​​

​Self-Published Authors Make a Living - And Sometimes a Fortune

​​Absolute Write Self-Publishing Forum​

How to Publish a Book: An Overview of Traditional and Self-Publishing​

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