• Patrick Patton

How I got my Dystopian Fantasy Novel Published



One thing that's been really cool about getting a publishing deal for my dystopian fantasy novel, The Withering, is that I'm getting all these questions suddenly... "I'm thinking about writing a book!"

"Is it worth it?" "Is it possible?"

"How did you get your book published?" So I made this video to talk about my road to getting a publishing deal for my book.



It all starts with an idea.

The trick is taking that idea and turning it into a novel. Once you've finished the first draft of your manuscript, you're going to want to revise it.

Once you've done that, you've got yourself a second draft! You may want to continue on revising after this, or you may be ready to send your manuscript out to beta readers.

After this, you may want to send your book out to an editor. You may want to do this step before you utilize beta readers, but this is the order I did things in.

After that, you're ready to start submitting to agents. If you are like I was, and you don't have a platform to market from, you may have a hard time finding an agent, in which case, you should probably try anyway. If you tried your darnedest and came up empty, you may be interested in participating in a Twitter pitch party. I used FaithPitch, which is a Christian themed Twitter pitch party, but you're going to want to join whichever themed pitch party fits your story's genre.


During Faith Pitch, I received submission requests from three different small traditional publishers. After speaking with them, I decided to sign a book contract with Ambassador International.


The editor I used and highly recommend is Paper Star Editorial.



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