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How to Get Your Fiction Writing Out There Online

You have a story to tell. Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of being able to write, and now that you’re finally in a position to do so, you’ve decided to go for it. You’ve got a novel in you, but maybe you need a little bit of help to get it out there into the world. Where do you start? How do you format your work? Is it best to self-publish or join a literary agency? There are so many questions, and the more you know the more you’ll be able to ask. Let’s dive in and find out what you need to know.

Where Do I Publish My Book?

If you decide to go the self-publishing route, where do you go to publish your book? There are a lot of options out there, but the all-time favorite for indie writers is **Amazon**.com. Why Amazon? Well, for one, they have a fantastic platform for readers to discover new titles. And two, they offer a **Creative Publishing** program for writers. With Amazon you don’t need a traditional publisher. You can upload your finished product to Kindle Direct Publishing and choose your cover and how long your book will be displayed on the site. The next step is uploading your manuscript. When you’ve finished, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Amazon. You can also go through the **Kindle** app on your phone to verify you’ve got an active account and download the Kindle app for computers or tablets.

If you decide to go the traditional route, starting with your agent is always a good idea. Many agencies have a subsidiary called a literary press that acts as a middleman between authors and publishers.

What Is A Good Cover For My Book?

What is the most effective way to grab the attention of readers? A cover often does the trick. And what is a good cover? That is subjective, but generally, the cover should match the vibe of your book. Something that evokes curiosity, intrigue, or passion.

In other words, if you’re writing a scrupulously researched and well-written academic book, don’t choose a simplistic cover with just a couple of graphite-looking lines to signify literacy. Instead, go for something more creative that will make your book noticeable.

How Long Does It Take To Write A Book?

This is really dependent on you. Some people write in fits and starts, revising often and going through multiple drafts. Others work at a steady pace and finish first drafts very quickly. There is no typical writing length once you get into the swing of it. What is important is being consistent and patient. You’ll get there in the end. Don’t rush it.

How Do I Format My Book?

Formats can vary from publisher to publisher, and even within the same house, but broadly speaking, most houses will require you to format your book according to a **standard word count** and **page number restrictions**. It is important to note that these are just guidelines and that you can always go above or below them. Some publishers have specific requirements regarding the font, typeface, and layout, but you generally have complete control over these elements. Some publishers will also require you to use a **standard format** for your tables, too.

You should take this into consideration and try to work within these constraints if possible. It is also important to keep in mind that these things will affect your book’s appearance so you need to make sure that everything is consistent throughout. You don’t want to give the reader a jolt by changing the font on the first page from Times New Roman to Arial or Verdana simply because you feel that it looks better than Times New Roman. There are a lot of fonts out there; you don’t need to choose **Arial** just to follow the guidelines. That would be a mistake. Keep things simple.

Does My Book Need To Have A Title?

It is standard practice for publishers to give books titles. However, you don’t have to use the titles that the **house** gives you. You can always choose your own title. You’ll just have to make sure that it reflects the content of your book. We recommend picking a title that relates to the storyline or content of your book. It should also fit within a **few words** and ideally, it should not be too **long**. You should pick a title that will make your book easily discoverable. And don’t worry, you don’t have to use all of these considerations if you don’t want to. Just do what feels right for your book.

Who Is My Book For?

This is a question that you need to answer yourself. Your book will be for readers who have an interest in your subject matter. For example, if you are writing a guidebook about fashion, your book will mostly be for women. But, there will be some men who are interested in fashion for women and maybe even readers who are neither male nor female. In this case, you will need to broaden your target audience a bit.

Who Will Review My Book?

Your book will likely be reviewed by an academic or a professional who is familiar with your topic. If you plan on pursuing publication, this is the person you will need to contact. Most likely, they will read your work and decide whether or not they want to publish it based on your writing sample. Some academic publishers also require you to have a **critical review** from an established reviewer. This is simply a review that doesn’t necessarily have to be critical but must be objective and detailed. Having a few reviews can greatly improve your book’s chances of being accepted for publication. Once you’ve finished your book, you can send it to any number of reviewers who have expressed an interest in your subject matter. If you decide to go the self-publishing route, you can use **Amazon’s** **Reader review** to get feedback from previous customers. If you’ve gone through a traditional publisher, you will have the option of having your book reviewed by an academic subject matter expert prior to publication. This step can be helpful in getting your book noticed by the right people who can help you get where you want to go. 

How Do I Market My Book?

Marketing your book can be tricky. You want to find the right audience, gain their attention, and keep it. There are a lot of methods to do this. One of the most effective ways is through social media. Create accounts on **mainstream** platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, and start building your following. You can also take advantage of blogs. Make sure that you have a blog that is relevant to your niche. For example, if you are writing about fashion, you can start a blog that focuses on style tips. Another great way to gain credibility with potential readers is to guest-post on authoritative websites. Guest-posting on a fashion blog can be a great way to build credibility and gain a following. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different platforms to see which ones work best for you.

Should I Self-Publish Or Agency?

This largely depends on your own personal situation. If you decide to go with self-publishing, you will need to work with an **online book store** like **Amazon** to get your book out there into the world. If you decide to go the agency route, you will probably end up working with a small boutique operation, which is a great way to get personalized service.

There are several major plusses to going with a literary agency. You will have the services of a **professional editor** who will help you get your book polished and ready for publication. You may also be able to get a **book designer** or **publisher** to help you out. Finally, you can take advantage of the contacts you make through your agency in order to get your book in front of the right people who can help you get where you want to go. If any of these services sounds good to you, consider opting for them. But, if you feel that you are ready to take on the world (literally) and want to go the DIY route, then self-publishing is the way to go. Good luck!