How to get ready for publication 0 Comments

So you’ve got a longer piece or collection of work and want to get it published? How excellent! I’m in the same boat—here’s the steps that I followed to hopefully be successful.

 Edit it

I spent a year editing my pieces, and even after the eighth run-through, there were still small mistakes and inconsistencies. This was especially the case when the whole collection was together and I found repetitive themes or phrases that had seemed fine when the piece was read on its own. There were also a few things that were clear to me but weren’t to other people, which is why the next point is so important.

 Get someone else to edit it


raf blog

There’s no way I could have done it without the help of other people. Especially by the end of the year when I didn’t even want to look at it anymore. The outsider perspective is really valuable, especially if you can find someone who is a rough approximation of your target audience. Once you never want to see another track change again, it’s time to polish it up.

(T.S. Eliot sure didn’t get it right the first time)

Make it stand out / look pretty

If there’s anything you can do that would make your work stand out in a way that isn’t gimmicky (I’m sure I don’t need to warn against *Zany Fonts!#!#* or embedded author pics of you and your cats) then do it. This could be as simple as having your pitch somehow reflect the themes/style of your work, or including your business card which has a Klingon quote on the back with your science fiction work.



This isn’t crazy innovative, but I know how annoying it is to have to flick through hundreds of pages looking for a specific story, so I made a hyperlinked contents page.

Have a considered and personalised approach

You’re going to have a better experience, and seem more interested if you approach a publisher who you know a little about. Having prior knowledge (or even better, connections) will show the publisher that you appreciate what they do and that your work might fit in with the other work they’ve produced.

Look carefully at guidelines

This shouldn’t need to be said, but there are still some people in the world who don’t read the submission guidelines. They’re pretty important though, especially as they differ from publisher to publisher. Some only take manuscript submissions in certain times of the year, some prefer hard copy or email. Don’t create more work for them by not finding this out yourself in advance.


<body bgcolor="#ffffff" text="#000000"> <a href="">Click here to proceed</a>. </body>