How To Publish A Book
After writing a book, authors often bombard major publishers with their manuscript. Many of those manuscripts fail to abide by the publisher's guidelines and those that do are often lost in the large volume of manuscripts that pile up on a publisher's desk.
The publishing industry in the modern age has experienced drastic transformations, and as such mainstream publishers are not necessarily the right publishing choice for authors who want to see their words printed. There are many different ways to get published and all these options should be explored by authors prior to sending a manuscript into the world.
Major publishers are your mainstream publishers like Random House and Harper Collins. They will invest in your manuscript and assume all control over the production process. Authors are usually paid on a royalty basis, which is typically ten per cent. Due to the numerous manuscripts received by major publishing houses, many publishers will not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
Specialised publishers operate in a similar manner to major publishers; however, they are a lot smaller and take on fewer titles per year. As they are smaller, they usually offer a more personalised service which means the author has a little more creative control over the production process. Specialised publishers are ‘specialists' in that they publish a particular genre or type of book.
Agents are essentially a strategy for publishing, rather than a way to be published. It can be used in conjunction with a major or specialised publisher because going through an agent increases your chances of being published. For example, as already mentioned, major publishers in the current industry are unlikely to accept unsolicited manuscripts. Finding an agent is a means of overcoming this problem. Agents also understand what publishers are looking for, so they can help authors work on their manuscript and write effective proposals.
Self publishing is becoming an increasingly popular choice for younger authors or for aspiring authors frustrated with the difficulties of getting in the front door of a major publisher. Unlike a traditional publisher, self publishing requires you to fund the whole project yourself, which means you are also in control of every step from writing to marketing.
Engaging in a co-author agreement can be beneficial if you are an unknown writer or lack extensive expertise in your book's topic. This engagement essentially involves approaching someone who is already published or is a celebrity and partnering with them so that you can increase your publishing chances. For example, if you wrote a book on basketball, you are almost guaranteed to be published if you included Michael Jordan as a co-author.
This is a low-cost publishing option, usually preferred for topics of a technical nature. It is low maintenance because all that is required is a computer. Accessibility is a major benefit because it can be easily sent to people all over the world because of the Internet.
The publishing industry offers many alternatives for getting you book published. With a bit of research and an evaluation of your goals and aims, you can adopt any of these options to achieve writing and publishing success.
Dale Beaumont is the author of this article. He is an internationally renowned book publishing expert, the author of 16 best-selling books and the creator of the Get Published Secrets Program.
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