After more than 20 years of working with writers and other publishing professionals, I've learned a thing or two about how the industry works. But I've also learned a thing or two about which questions writers frequently have about writing and publishing. Because they ask me at live events, on social media, or via email.
As such, I thought it would be a great idea to start answering those questions in individual posts. Then, it occurred to me that another great idea would be to collect those posts in one spot that makes it easy for writers to find answers to common publishing questions.
Here it is. In this post, I've collected 25 publishing FAQs for writers and will plan to add to this list as I answer other questions in the future.
25 Publishing FAQs for Writers
Each question below is a link to a post that answers the question in more detail.
- Can writers query multiple agents at once?
- Do literary agents cost money?
- Do literary agents work on weekends?
- Do writers need literary agents?
- Do writers need to go to college?
- How and when should writers use a pen name or pseudonym?
- How can writers write better titles?
- How do literary agents agree and differ?
- How do writers get paid for their writing?
- How do writers hook a literary agent?
- How do writers write a successful query letter?
- How long does it take to get a book published?
- How much should writers charge per word or per project?
- Should writers copyright their writing before submitting to agents and editors?
- Should writers have a blog?
- Should writers have a website?
- Should writers use social media?
- Should writers work for free?
- What should writers blog about?
- What should writers post on Instagram?
- When and how should writers negotiate better terms?
- When should writers edit their work?
- When should writers write on spec?
- Why do authors cross out their name when signing books?
- Why do literary agents take so long to respond to submissions?
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