When I was a kid, the deadline for funding a school project, or a movie movie, or a book project was June 15th or earlier. Not this year, and this year you may have to wait until February 18th to start your book. So, unless you are already working on it, you have a whole month before it’s due on your public funding application.
What if I have some funding from another source?
Yes, of course, it would be helpful to be able to ask for a grant to support your project. Don’t just start writing now, though you should still be working on it, because it may get added to your grant proposal later (but you don’t have to do anything and there should be at least one source of funding for this). If you were to get $3,000 in additional funding from another source, you should apply for this too, but be clear in describing it.
How do you get your book to the next stage?
I don’t want to get all my projects funded before I put in the work. If you want your book to appear in the front page of an anthologies or a major magazine, you’ll need to wait, but there are lots of projects that might come to the table on a whim or a couple years from now – and as a writer, you should really be making plans for that next time you might be asked to put your work into print. If the idea of getting your novel published is exciting, and you want to try and make this happen, then you should apply NOW for both a publisher and publishing agent.
If I have enough of this funding from a publisher, can I still do X project?
There is no way you’ll get funded if you are “done”, because the book is going to come out. Yes, it is likely that some of the books that I will write will be published at some point eventually. However, it is much better to get a great book published at some point than to get a crappy book published now. Just because you are putting in the bookwork doesn’t mean you are finished, yet. You are still the same person; you still need to write a little, and continue your bookwriting work. Also, it is not your book that will get published, it is the publisher who is looking to publish your book. They are the ones who will choose your book. If you are getting a publishing agent, the agent will also make their own
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