Publishing Wonk is where you can get up to speed quickly and learn about publishing and writing -- without looking stupid.
Our expert authors -- the wonks -- have decades of experience in writing and publishing -- both in print and online, in magazines, books, blogs, and more -- and will introduce you to the jargon and concepts you need to know. We will be adding articles over time to provide you with what you need to know about writing and publishing so you won't look stupid when working with editors, agents and publishers.
So far, we have covered the following concepts:
There are literally thousands of publishers in the USA, and it may be easier to get published by one of the smaller ones.
Successfully publishing art -- that is, getting it noticed by lots of people -- is an art in itself.
Blogging is probably the simplest and most direct way to "get published" online.
Authors seem to think the only way to go is to contract with a book publisher. Yet, that's not how the business started. The heyday of the bit publisher just might be over.
You can publish what you want, if you don't care about earning a living. Here's how to make money writing books.
Children's book publishing is one of the easiest ways to break into profitable publishing -- if you have the right slant.
"Content" is a buzzword. Content Management is where the real action is.
There are two broad categories in educational publishing -- and both are difficult to break into.
There are many ways to publish work for free, but that's only one step in the process.
These days, game publishing is not a solitary business: be prepared to be integrated into a large team.
Believe it or not, there are many profitable small magazines, even in an era when many of the big guys are falling dead.
Music publishing is significantly different from the publishing of written creative expression. There are a great many more elements involved in music publishing, and many more channels of publication. Generally speaking, a musician cannot self-publish effectively -- at least, not for a living wage....
Online publishing is a lot easier than finding a book publisher, but that doesn't mean it's easy to make a living with it. Here are some strategies.
There's a lot of competition for space in the few books or magazines of poetry published -- and few buyers of the resulting publications.
There's no end of "services" which will take your money to do something in the publishing business. Care must be taken to decide which ones will actually help, rather than hurt, your efforts.
The right software for you depends on the type of publishing you plan to do.
Self-publishing is nothing new, and thanks to the Internet it's making a comeback in a big way.
If you want to be a truly influential author, publishing textbooks is the way to go.
Think it's easy to just put up your own website and start writing? It can be, or you can start a morass that's more and more complicated every time you turn around.
We're still new, so Stay Tuned for more!