UNA has many student writers unaware of how to publish their written works. Now, student writers are speaking out about the importance of the school educating the writing community.
Jessie Lambert, a professional writing major, has finished one novel and hopes to find an agent to represent her. She acknowledges, though, that she is one of the few writers on campus who knows how to become traditionally published, because the university is not teaching them how.
“Students do not know the first thing about publishing!” Lambert said. “I spoke to one student who had finished her novel. I asked her if she was finished with the querying process yet. She didn’t know what the querying process even was. I later mentioned that I was working on my long synopsis. She didn’t know what a synopsis was, either. I then realized that all that I know about the traditional route of publication I learned through extensive Google searches and personal research”
Today, there are many possibilities for an author to publish their works. Authors are not limited to getting read by being published traditionally. Writers can self-publish, too, without being branded by it.
Today, e-books have created a new gateway to authors and readers alike. It’s fast and affordable. Companies such as Amazon and Createspace opened a new door for physical books with print on demand.
Ariel Jones, a professional writing major, said how she struggled between choosing between traditionally publishing and the revamped self-publishing.
“The idea is certainly promising; authors get to keep more of their earnings, but then how much advertising do they really get,” Jones said.
Jones as well is learning that there is not a particular class that teaches the behind the scenes of actually trying to get a book published.
“The whole reason I started as a professional writing major was to learn how to get published,” said Jones.
Traditional publishing and self-publishing both have completely unique aspects for student writers to be educated in.
Both Lambert and Jones are taking their first steps to getting their novels out the public.