The ABC’s of Getting Your Book Published

You have just completed your first book, now what? Now comes the hard part, getting your project published so the whole world can enjoy it. If that is the case, you will want to continue reading on, as a number of steps that you will want to take are highlighted below.

The first thing to research is the publishers. You need to become acquainted with who the publishers are and what they are looking for. You need to find the basic information about them, their address, the contacts and who should receive your manuscript. Do enough research so you know who you are dealing with. Are they looking for specific subjects? You need to know before you make contact with them that you theme is compatible with their opportunities. Are there are rules or restrictions in terms of formatting that you need to abide by? Does the publisher in question only accept agent submissions? You need to answer these questions before you go too far.

As for how you can go about finding book publishers, you will be happy with all of your options. You can look at the books that you own, the books in your local library, or the books in your local book sellers. Make note of the publishers and perform a standard internet search with their titles. Next, look for a section for author’s rules. You can also perform a general standard internet search, such as with the phrase “book publishers.” There are also a number of printed resources, like the popular Writer’s Market books, that are available to you..

As earlier stated, you will want to learn what guidelines and constraints publishing corporations may have. If you can’t find this information online or in print, be sure to use your best judgment. Make sure that your book manuscript and all other documents are easy to read, formatted properly, and clean. Also, be sure to include a cover letter and a book proposal. Many authors choose to mix these two documents together. You can, but, be very careful. Cover letters and book proposals should be right to the point and not clouded with too much information.

You need to also think about making use of the expertise of specialized literary agent and editors. They can be pricey, but they are usually more than worth the rates. No matter how great you are at editing, you will probably miss some mistakes. A second set of skilled eyes are encouraged. As for literary agents, they too have a range of advantages. If the publishers that suit your book the best only recognize agented submissions, it may be more effective to hire a skilled literary agent. They can help get your book into doors that you could not.

You need to use your own judgement when it comes to follow-up. Sometimes they can help. You can find out from most publishers websites, how long it will take to get a response. It may take as long as 3 or 4 months in some cases. If you do not receive a response by that time, consider placing a phone call or sending a letter to the publisher in question. You want to be careful not to contact the publisher too soon. Over aggressive questioning may become bothersome to the publisher and work against you.

By taking the above mentioned points into consideration, you may be able to see your book in print soon. A word to the wise, don’t let rejection letters get you discouraged. Even the best author receives rejection letters. Rejection letters are are very common and are not a sign to give up. Only a sign to do more homework and keep trying. You are only one submission closer to success.

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