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Rainwater Press Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Recently Updated August 2006!

Like most writers, I get asked a lot of questions about writing and publishing. Many of the questions I'm asked require lengthy, detailed answers. When I first published this Web site in early 1996, I found that the time I was spending answering people's questions severely cut into my writing time, family time, and sleep time. That's when I decided to add an FAQ section to this Web site. I developed this section to give you my best answers to the questions I'm most frequently asked. We've even created a Table of Contents (below) to help you quickly find the topics and specific answers you're interested in. Please read this section carefully before e-mailing me with any questions. If you ask me a question that's already answered here or that requires more than a brief answer, I apologize in advance for not being able to provide a personalized response.

And, like everything else on this Web site, the information presented here is copyrighted material and may not be reproduced, downloaded, or distributed in any form, print or electronic, without the prior written permission of Rainwater Press.

Copyright 2000 Nan McCarthy and Rainwater Press. All rights reserved.

FAQs by Subject:


FAQ #1a.
How do I get started writing my first book? Here's where you can read Nan's Top Secret Extra Special Sooper Dooper Philosophy on How to Write a Book.

FAQ #1b.
Should I read a lot of how-to books on writing? Includes recommended books.

FAQ #1c.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

FAQ #1d.
Now that I've written my manuscript, should I get a critique? Includes guidelines on giving and receiving critiques.


FAQ #2a.
How do I get published? Includes recommended books.

FAQ #2b.
How do I self-publish my book? Includes recommended books.

FAQ #2c.
Should I get an agent?

FAQ #2d.
Will Rainwater Press publish my manuscript?

Nan Factoids:

FAQ #3a.
What are your favorite books?

FAQ #3b.
What other jobs did you have before you became a writer?

FAQ #3c.
What the heck is going on with your hair?

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