Whether it be a 100 word flash fiction piece or a 100,000 word novel, writing the actual story is the easiest part of the equation for me.
The hard part beings once the story is complete. Researching the market. Crafting a synopsis and query. Sending off a submission. Waiting.
A lot of writers spend years improving at their craft. They read countless books on the subject of writing. They attend workshops, conferences and online classes to hone their prose and wordsmithing. But far too many of us ignore the business side of publishing. Me included. Not only the submission side of the business but the dollar and cents side of what happens when your work is accepted.
I myself am guilt of thinking -- Oh I'll learn about royalties and electronic rights and the definition of remaindered stock AFTER I sell a novel. Sure writing is an art but for those of us who dream of one day turning our passion into a career we need to learn and study the ENTIRE business.
In recent years I've tried to do just that, and like most educations every item I learn something new I realize just how much more there is I need to learn.
If you are new or not so new to the world of publishing here are some useful links that have helped me learn more about the publishing world.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - This link will allow you to sign up for a variety newsletters about the industry.
Galleycat - Also available as a daily email Galleycat is a great source of current news on the business.
Duotrope -- Is a great place to learn of potential markets especially for shorter pieces and poetry.
Agentquery -- A great place to start your query process.
No doubt I've omitted some great ones. What are your sources for learning?