Table Of Contents
Still not sure about writing or publishing your manuscript?
Giving up is never the answer!
If you’re a first-time author, it’s completely understandable if you don’t know anything about publishing.
Traditional publishing can be great if you manage to find an agent, but remember that the total time from the idea of your book to print might approximately take two years. If you do get the opportunity to get published traditionally, then awesome.
In self-publishing, you get to keep your book’s rights and the royalty you get from it. This article will explain your publishing options and will make it easier for you to choose from.
There are three ways of getting your book publishing.
Authors choose to self-publish for two main reasons.
This article explains the process of getting your fiction and nonfiction book published the traditional and self-publishing way.
You’ve finally finished your novel and are excited to share with everyone. Your next step is to publish it.
Here are the steps to publish your novel:
Ask any author, writing coach, and editor for advice on getting published, and 97% of them will tell you to read widely in your genre. In other words, it means to read a lot of books which are of the same genre you’re writing. The rest 3% will assume that you’re already doing this. It is your duty as an author to know the kinds of books people are buying.
Before you start writing, it’s best to research the current trend ( vampires, adventure, sci-fi, etc) as well. Keep in mind that trends change fast, so if you do decide to go with traditional publishing, it might take years for your book to get published. By the time your book is out, the current trend might change.
With self-publishing, your book will hit the racks in just four weeks.
All writers get feedback for their manuscript. Before you look for people to ask for feedback, you can consider working with beta readers — people who are interested in your genre. This not only helps you but will also help promote your book in their circle. There’s no point in asking for feedback from someone who’s a stranger to books, is there?
Along with beta readers, try to hunt down some professionals to give their feedback too. Sure your family member or best friend will be more than happy to help, but it’s not the best choice. Why?
Research is the foundation of any publishing process, but this time, for publishers. With so many traditional and self-publishing houses out there, how do you know which one to choose?
First, decide which way you want to publish. I agree there are lots of good traditional companies out there, but there’s always a catch. You need to first find an agent and then an editor, and you know how the rest goes. The worst part is that they can buy the rights of your book, which means they can change, add and remove whatever they want.
Self-publishing is more hassle-free. To find the perfect publisher, make sure they:
The best part of self-publishing is that you get to have 100% control over your royalty and book’s publishing rights.
Obtaining an agent if you’re a first-time author is pretty tricky in traditional publishing. You have to send query letters to agents first as publishing houses won’t consider you without an agent. Chances are you won’t hear back from them. If you do hear from them, they’ll ask for 5 to 20% of your take on the book, and If they find a publisher for you, the publisher will want 85 to 90% of your take.
On the other hand, self-publishing is more convenient. All you’ve got to do is go to their website, get their number or email and contact them. Once you do, they’ll help you:
This part is smaller as most of the steps applied in fiction are used here also. The publishing process of a non-fiction book is the same as fiction. The only difference lies in the initial stages before you publish.
Steps to publish a non-fiction book are:
You can begin your research by checking out how many similar books have already been published. You can get the books’ daily sale estimates by running their Amazon ranks through an Amazon calculator. Apart from online research, you can even go to bookstores and see how well the books of your category are doing.
If you struggle to find similar books, then awesome.
Since fiction fans read books more for pleasure, the market can handle an endless number of books in this genre. Non-fiction readers read for two reasons – pleasure and to solve a problem. How can they play the flute? How can they learn Japanese? If there are many books out there that offer the same thing as you, you might be in trouble.
Ask yourself one question – “What will make them buy my book?”
Not all writers who write a non-fiction book are educationally qualified for it. But that doesn’t stop them from being the next bestseller. To write a non-fiction book, a lot of research must be done for it. You don’t want to make errors in dates, times, locations, etc., do you?
Your aim is to have an error-free book. If not your credibility as an author can be at stake.
There you go. The two main ways to publish a book. Although traditional publishing has been there for decades, self-publishing is now taking over the industry. Of course, both traditional and self-publishing has its pros and cons, but today, the majority of writers opt for self-publishing over traditional publishing.