Oh, I know how to get published. Well, sort of. Let's say, for the time being, that I'm aware of the tasks involved and how to get from there to here. What's tough is getting an agent who can sell your book to say yes.
The thing that's vexing me now is how best to go about this when I have multiple works. My book is ready to publish, I think, once it gets all those things that are traditionally done by--well, by traditional publishers. Things, that is, like beautiful cover art, an ISBN, a final run through copy editing and proofreading, etc. My novella is in its final stages before getting there as well, having had many of the beta readers chime in. It'll take me the rest of the weekend to redo the parts that need redoing, and then I'll need to go through all the tasks I know need to happen in order to be self-published. Tasks, that is, like beautiful cover art, an ISBN, a final run through editing and proofreading, etc.
Then it's on to Book 2, in each case. Book 2 in the novel realm has been written but not revised. Book 2 in the novella realm is in the process of being drafted, but I can easily finish it in a weekend.
I've never felt this strategy-less, though. The novella piece is pretty straightforward, but the novel part is entirely reliant on luck: keep sending it out till somebody says yes, and then wait till somebody else (a publisher) says yes to them. That's not a strategy; that's a roulette wheel.
I asked the question in one of my Facebook groups: "
Right now several Indie authors have gotten contracts with NY publishers based on their work with e-books. So you can follow a dual path, build an on-line presence and a market as you query. That's something you can use when you approach an agent/publisher. And don't restrict yourself to agents, try the publishers, or smaller presses. You have choices now..." Good point. Others chimed in that they, personally, had had success with agents and publishers once they could claim that they'd sold X copies of their works in indie format.
Good advice, all. Time, I guess, to start exercising the marketing plan writing muscles.