My 6 Rules for the Publication Process

Anything worth doing comes at a cost. The bigger the dream, the higher the cost.

Having accepted that being a novelist will take my life, sweat and blood, the economist within me has a few questions. Agents in economic models seek to maximize utility (wellbeing) at the lowest cost. In other words, the economist in me is very interested in finding the most efficient way of achieving my goals – you could even call it the maximization of resources.

Thus emerge the 6 Clarag Rules for the Publication Process, which are meant to keep the process moving as efficiently as possible. They can be applied to those who are working on any writing project, whether in blogs or through books (self or traditional publishing). Importantly, they are based on information shared by those who know much more than I do.

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The Secrets to Finding a Literary Agent, 3 key points

In 450 words or less, this post highlights the main ideas of the webinar entitled “The Secrets to Finding a Literary Agent: Fiction & Nonfiction Books “.

For the hour-long video, please click here.


Who is the speaker? Carole Sargent is Director of Scholarly Publications at Georgetown University and guides tenure-line faculty through the scholarly book and article publishing process for university presses and first-tier academic journals.


  1. Get yourself some “platform”.

The single most-iterated word throughout the webinar, Carole stresses the importance of “platform”, which she defines as the audience and space you carve out in which you will later promulgate your work. The idea of platform ties hand in hand with marketing, which she repeats time and again is the always the author’s responsibility, even if the book is not self-published.

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