Friday, October 24, 1997

what do do when you're a beginner

I'm looking to get published for the first time. I've sent my manuscript to topic related company. I'm looking for a fellow author to share information on royalties and/or sale of book to the publisher. I don't want to get this type of info from the publisher. Please help!!! Any information could prove to be invaluable. Thanks!

What you need is to educate yourself, then start asking specifice questions of specific writers. The best way to find out what you need to know is to subscribe to one of SFWA's publications.

The Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) was founded in 1965 to "inform its membership of writers on matters of professional interest, to promote their general welfare, and to help them deal effectively with publishers, editors, and anthologists." As you have never published anything, you can't join SFWA, yet, but you *can* subscribe to The Bulletin, a SFWA publication.

The Bulletin is stuffed full of interesting and useful information on contracts, royalties, publishers, agents and so forth. A one-year subscription (it's published four times a year) costs $15. Send a cheque made out to SFWA Bulletin, 404 Oceanside Street, Islip Terrace NY 11752-1203. If you want to get more information first, check out the SFWA website.

SFWA also publish a handbook, details of which you can probably find at the website. Best of luck with your work.

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