From: John Ford
Location: Matlock, England
I have completed a dark fantasy novel, which I feel passionate about and want to share. So this leads me to now want to publish. Am keen to get any advice if you feel you can share any. Every day I am driven to write and be creative. Have written short stories and some poetry and I have another 2 novels on the way and ideas for a sequel to this one, but realise I am a total novice regarding the next steps.
Thanks for your time!
From: Greg Bear
Hello, John! Congrats on finishing your book and working on more. That's the way to get things rolling. Now you need to study the market, both paper and e-book, and look at websites devoted to writers and writing, sf, fantasy, etc., then visit conventions, book events, to learn the culture and the market. There's a lot of information on line. Start with approaching the publishers of books you've read and enjoyed, and send your mss. to them for starters. It's a long, hard slog (took me four years to sell my first novel) but self-publishing, for a business-savvy fellow, is also a possibility I did not have back then. Let me know how it goes!
Location: United States
Check out the "Roundtable Podcast"
They have interviews with both established artists and up & coming authors. Lots of good info for new authors.