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Demystifying the Paths to Publishing: Episode 002

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Authors Talking Bookish with hosts Hope Gibbs and Donna Norman-Carbone


Long before you write the words “THE END,” know the next steps for your book’s future. How does a book get published in 2023? Hope and Donna discuss the various ways in getting your book into the hands of the reading public. From traditional, small press, hybrid and self-publishing, they will share the benefits and the drawbacks of each and will give helpful tips to navigate some of the pitfalls.

What are the main ways of getting a book published?

  • Traditional – The Big Five (Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette) and Amazon’s imprints.

  • Small Press

  • Hybrid

  • Self

Helpful resources to assist you with finding publishers and agents:

  • Publisher’s Marketplace

  • Women’s Fiction Writers Association

  • Query Tracker

  • Manuscript Wish List

  • Self Publishing for Dummies

  • Launch Pad: Countdown to Publishing

Assess your book goals. What form of publishing works for you? What are your next

steps in securing that goal?

  • If traditional or small press, make lists of possible agents. Follow trends on Publisher’s Marketplace.

  • If Hybrid, begin vetting publishers, finding the right fit for you and your budget. Possibly looking into crowd sourcing.

  • If self, finding editors and designers you can hire to get your book to the marketplace in tip top shape.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Query Template


Explore the links below, especially the Manuscript Wish List. Take a look at boutique/small publishing houses and hybrid. Do some research on self-publishing.


Publisher’s Marketplace

Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA)

Hope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue

Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred


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