What does a person need to do to get published? To actually get a book out there into book stores? I’ve read a myriad blogs and posts and many, many manuscript submission guidelines posted by publishers, mostly Indian publishers because I’m from India, but have concluded that it’s a really tedious process.
I have hope for my work since at least one story I’ve written has touched many people; the responses the post are proof enough that I can put forth a compelling story. The other conclusion I’ve reached is to write from the heart. I wish there was an easier way to get published. Self publishing is an option, but there are many intricacies to do that too. I can, of course, choose to pay a publisher that helps a writer get self published, for a fee starting from around Rs. 40,000 at the least and going upwards, depending on the package I choose. I’m still at odds with doing that.
I have a few stories, some ideas that I feel will make a compelling novel and while I spin the tales (all based on stuff that really happens), I’m still trying to figure out how to get a contract from a publisher.
I write because I like to write, but there is another agenda, or rather, two—to get published and to make some money, naturally.