Being a newbie author can be a big challenge. This is because you would understandably not know anything about the publishing process.
It can be likened to first learning how to ride a bike. You know what’s expected of you, but you are still apprehensive and don’t really know what to do yet.
So before you think of even getting started on the book publishing process, you should know what book publishing truly is and what is expected of you.
Here are a few questions you should ask before you publish a book of your very own.
1. What does book publishing actually entail?
If you are a newbie author, then you are going to be in for a big surprise. This is because many new authors start out the book publishing process without actually knowing what to do.
So before you even get started on the book publishing process, you should know what is expected of you. First things first, you should know that the book publishing process will be a challenge.
It is a chaotic process that will take a great deal of time and effort. There are various aspects of the process that will need your attention.
And depending on what publishing option you choose, you will be expected to spend a good amount of money to get your book published.
Here’s a rough draft of the book publishing process.
The book process is the first part of the book publishing process and usually consist of writing the first and final drafts of the manuscript.
The book editing process usually entails a thorough check up of the manuscript. With the help of a book editor, the manuscript will be subjected to multiple checks. This will include grammar and spelling checks. It will also include coming up with a serviceable book title and making the manuscript as readable as possible.
The book production process usually entails the printing of copies of the book. This process usually includes the designing and creation of the book cover and the overall design of the book. It also includes the lay out and page count of the book.
Book marketing and book sales
The book marketing process usually entails that you promote your book and create a fan base for your book. This will include coming up with a book marketing strategy, conducting a book marketing campaign and finally distributing and selling your book.
So before you think of getting your manuscript published, you should make sure that you know the risks and the work involved. That way you will know what’s expected of you.
2. What should I look for in a book publishing option?
Publishing a book can be a very hectic process. So you will need to know how to get your book published in the most efficient way possible.
This is where publishing options come in. Publishing options are strategies that will help you get your book published.
But before you do choose your book publishing option, you should know what you are looking for. Here are some things you should look for in a publishing option.
The publishing option should be realistic
When you choose a publishing option, you should make sure that it is realistic. That it is doable, that you are not just wasting your time and efforts on an unrealistic venture. So if you do choose a publishing option make sure that it can help you achieve your publishing goals.
It should be affordable
Aside from the option being realistic, it should also be affordable. It should not be so expensive that you will have to bankrupt yourself just to get it done.
It can be maintained through long periods of time
Yet another trait that you should look for in a publishing option is whether or not you can maintain it for a long period of time.
This is because the book publishing process can take a long time to finish. So if you are choosing a book publishing option, it always pays to look for this trait.
3. What are my publishing options?
As a newbie author, it always pays that you know your publishing options. That way you will be able to prepare your budget and plan out how you will get your book published.
The two best and most realistic publishing options that are available for newbie authors are self-publishing and traditional publishing.
The two are the most consistently used and the most effective for newbie authors. The two are also extremely different from one another. Here are their pros and cons.
This type of publishing is the oldest and most widely used. It is also the most trusted because traditional publishing houses are known to be very stable and have launched the writing careers of a multitude of authors.
- Traditional publishing houses are very stable and well connected. Which means, if you get a publishing deal with one you practically have it made.
- The traditional publishing house will pay for the entire publishing process.
- Most traditional publishing houses have connections with various bookstores. This will make the book marketing process a lot easier.
- Traditional publishing houses have a roster of publishing professionals. They will make sure your book is published right.
- You will be expected to give up a majority of your book rights and some of your royalties to a traditional publishing house.
- The traditional publishing house will have majority creative control over your book. This means you won’t be calling the shots anymore.
This type of publishing is somewhat new compared to traditional publishing. It was also considered a risky option a few decades ago. But because of new innovations such as the print on demand services and social media marketing, authors can now market their books themselves without risking too much.
- You will be able to keep a majority of rights to your book.
- Overall creative control will be yours.
- You won’t have to deal with demanding editors and deadlines.
- You can now publish your book the way you want.
- You will get to keep a majority of your royalties.
- Seeing as you won’t have anyone to fund the publishing process, you will be expected to pay for everything.
- Expect to do most of the work by yourself.
- You can hire publishing professionals and self-publishing companies, but you will have to pay them yourself.
- You won’t have a marketing team to help you. So expect to double time when it comes to marketing your book.
4. If I do choose to publish my book traditionally how do I get a publishing deal?
There are a multitude of traditional publishing houses out there. But seeing as most traditional publishing houses are very picky due to their high standards, you will have to bring your A game. Here are a few tips on how to get a publishing deal.
When it comes to finding the right publishing house you will have to be as focused as possible. Make sure that the publishing house you choose is right for your genre.
You should also take a look at the type of books that they have published in the past few years. This will help make making your book proposal more focused and ultimately more effective.
Make a great book proposal letter
A book proposal letter is a must if you are thinking of getting a book publishing deal. But it has to be as focused and as efficient as possible. In short, it has to be great to convince the book editors to take it up.
The letter should contain a few sentences showing why the publishing company should choose you. It should also show all your accomplishments, credentials and motivation for writing your book.
The letter should also contain a detailed and honest analysis on your competition and why you are more deserving of the publishing deal.
You can also include examples of your work such as your past works. It can be short articles, blogs or even poetry. This is a way for you to show off your writing skills.
Make sure that your manuscript is as perfect as possible
Nothing hurts your chances in getting a publishing deal than a shabbily edited manuscript. This is because publishing companies, especially traditional ones usually gauge their decision in giving an author a deal through the quality of their manuscript. So before you send in your manuscript for their perusal, make sure that every aspect of it, from line spacing to every solitary period is perfect. A lot is on the line so be extra careful and take no chances.
Get yourself a literary agent
Aside from a great book proposal, it is also a good idea to get yourself a literary agent. By having a literary agent you will not only have great representation, but you will also show the publishing company that you mean business.
Make sure that you get a literary agent that has connections with publishing companies. That way they can use these connections to smooth the way for you.
5. What other things could I do to improve my chances of getting a publishing deal?
Aside from sending in a great book proposal and getting a good literary agent, there are other ways you can improve your chances of getting a publishing deal.
Make a name for yourself in writing circles
Long before you even think of having a book published, it is always a good idea to make a name for yourself in writing circles. That way once you do send in your manuscript to publishing houses, you will already have a reputation as a good writer.
Use social media to market yourself as an author
Seeing as social media is so widely used in this day and age, it is a good idea to use social media to market yourself as a writer. Use Social media to spread your work throughout the internet. And seeing as there are a multitude of social media sites available, you have all the tools at your disposal to create a reputation for yourself. The better your reputation as a writer, the easier you will get a book publishing deal.
This social media site is by far the most popular. This is because a myriad of people use it on a regular basis. It is a highly versatile social media site and can be used to run a very multifaceted social media campaign, Just remember that the effectiveness of your social media campaign depends on the number of Facebook friends you have.
Twitter can be used to create a buzz about your book. Just remember to make your twitter campaign as strategic as possible. Don’t just ramble on or write overly long tweets. Instead, you should make your tweets short but interesting.
Through YouTube, you can release your very own book trailers to create a buzz about your work. Just make sure that you make the book trailers both informative and entertaining.
All in all, having your book published is a truly great endeavor. And you will need all the help you can get to accomplish it. By asking and getting answers for these questions, you are now equipped with the knowledge you need to get your book published the right way.