Tips on publishing your books

If you are a new author, you are probably wondering how to go about publishing your book. You have most likely received advice from various people and at times it is difficult to get settled, especially when you know that the future of your book depends on the decision you will make on whom to publish your book with. With publishing, you can either opt for traditional publishing or self-publishing. This is what you get with either that you opt for,

Traditional publishing

Traditional publishing is whereby a publisher offers an author a contract and the publisher does all the work of printing, publishing and selling the book. The author does not get all the returns from the book but gets royalties from sales made. Steps on traditional publishing are dependent on the particular category that you are writing on. After following the steps, you need to write a query letter which attracts different agents.

Self-publishing

Self-publishing has different options to choose from, i.e., subsidy, vanity, print on demand and self-publishing. With self-publishing, the cost solely falls on the shoulders of the author. The benefit is that the author retains all the rights of that book including the profits made. Self-publishing gives you the control over your work including the time that you would want to get your work published.

As an author, the best thing that you should do is weigh the options that you have. If you are an established writer, you probably have a market base and marketing may not be a problem, you can opt for self-publishing. New writers may at times opt for traditional publishing which might be easy as the marketing will be done for them and they will also get a fan base. Next time we will go through steps in both self-publishing and traditional publishing modes.

 

Steps in traditional publishing

Traditional publishing refers to an author getting a book deal. This involves having an agent who looks over your work and later submits it to a publisher (or publishing company) who looks over the work again then finally publishes and markets the book. In-between there may be a number of rejections and hopefully an acceptance. The publisher does most of the work for the author and in return, the publisher gets part of the profit made from that book. Steps to be taken by an author considering this form of publishing should be as following:

Identify the right category for your writing – this makes it easier for you to get a publisher that deals with that kind of work. Vague writers may get a hard time because no one may be willing to take time on work that has no specific direction.

Find an agent – different agents deal with various literary work, it is easy to find an agent after settling on the category that you want to write on. The work of an agent is to review an author’s work, give them feedback and negotiate deals between publishers and authors. It is advisable that you have a list of potential agents that you may want to work with. This is because not all agents available are competent to handle your work.

Submit your work – work submitted to an agent is dependent on the category you are writing on. Non-fiction writers are required to submit a book proposal and include three sample chapters with a synopsis of each chapter. Fiction writers are needed to complete their manuscript and then write a query letter. This gives the agents an idea of your work and helps them decide whether or not they will work with you. You will get feedback from some agents, and you can choose one from the options that you will have.

From this point, the agent that you will get works on your behalf. Agents are well known to publishing houses, and they are also versed with negotiation skills which an author may lack. Authors that choose to go with traditional publishing get deals that are favorable.

Guidelines for publishing your book

After days of writing and editing your book, you need a publisher that will complete the last stage of your work which is actually publishing your book. Writing a book is not a guarantee that people will read it, a manuscript will not get into any one’s book shop but a published book will. Below are a few guidelines on what you should do to ensure that your book will get published in the right way.

You need to know which publishing house will publish your work. In case you had not considered this option, you may need to get a literary agent. A literary agent represents a writer and also presents their work to a publisher. Some of the benefits of having a literary agent are that they can guide authors to suitable publishers. Literary agents are capable of negotiating deals that some new authors might not be in a position to negotiate. You may need an agent if you are a new writer without experience when it comes to publishing your work.

It is not always that your work will get attention from literary agents when this happens you can consider publishing your work with a university press or other small independent presses. The advantage is that they are trustworthy, and you don’t expect to fall into the hands of frauds in the effort of publishing your book. Most of the university presses will rarely ask for a literary agent, and you will only be asked to send a copy of your work in either hard copy or soft copy.

Before you seek a literary agent or settle for a university press, it is advisable to send your work to a professional editor. Otherwise, you may end up committing a mistake that may cost you your writing career. It is always good to have a fresh set of eyes on your work; they are the only ones who can see some of the mistakes that you may have by-passed.

How to be an effective writer

Writing is a passion for most people, the only drawback that most potential authors have is that their work never gets to see the light of day. I will give you some good pointers that will make you a good writer and make your work attractive and interesting to the rest of the world.

Set targets and deadlines

Not every author is self-motivated to work towards their passion; this is at times due to tight work schedules. It is, therefore, critical to set targets and deadlines in which you should have achieved the set goals. This gives the author the pressure to ensure that by the set deadline, they will have achieved a certain target regarding their writing.

Disconnect from the internet

This is as simple as it is, with social media having a high impact on people, it is possible to drift away from your writing and give in to social networking and ‘the internet’. This is something that may make an author waste a lot of time and in return postpone what they should be doing at that moment. A project that should have in essence taken a year ends up taking more than two years.

Create a working area

It is important to create a working area which preferably locks the whole world out and gives you room to think. An author more so those that write novels needs to shut out the world around them and create a world of their own. With a distracted mind or when working in a distractive environment, you may not be in a position to focus and bring out the best in your literary work.

If possible, every author should have a working space that is dedicated to their work. This means that the area should be free from any other activity that may potentially cause destruction.

 

Guidelines for publishing your book

After days of writing and editing your book, you need a publisher that will complete the last stage of your work which is actually publishing your book. Writing a book is not a guarantee that people will read it, a manuscript will not get into any one’s book shop but a published book will. Below are a few guidelines on what you should do to ensure that your book will get published in the right way.

You need to know which publishing house will publish your work. In case you had not considered this option, you may need to get a literary agent. A literary agent represents a writer and also presents their work to a publisher. Some of the benefits of having a literary agent are that they can guide authors to suitable publishers. Literary agents are capable of negotiating deals that some new authors might not be in a position to negotiate. You may need an agent if you are a new writer without experience when it comes to publishing your work.

It is not always that your work will get attention from literary agents when this happens you can consider publishing your work with a university press or other small independent presses. The advantage is that they are trustworthy, and you don’t expect to fall into the hands of frauds in the effort of publishing your book. Most of the university presses will rarely ask for a literary agent, and you will only be asked to send a copy of your work in either hard copy or soft copy.

Before you seek a literary agent or settle for a university press, it is advisable to send your work to a professional editor. Otherwise, you may end up committing a mistake that may cost you your writing career. It is always good to have a fresh set of eyes on your work; they are the only ones who can see some of the mistakes that you may have by-passed.

Discipline that an author should cultivate

An author without any form of discipline may take forever to get their work done. It is important that every writer has some drive that pushes them every day. It is not every day that you wake up feeling that you are up to the task of writing. If you have a job, every day may be a day that you are too tired to write. This may make you take longer on a single project which could have otherwise taken a shorter period. It is important that an author should have self-drive; discipline is what makes successful writers.

Time management

Set apart the time for writing and working on your book. Make sure that you don’t compromise on this time. Most writers take this time as relaxing time and time for hanging out with friends. Some will even postpone the work that they ought to be doing for some other time. Timing is essential in any form of writing; there is no point in spending years on a book that you can finish in less than three or even two years. The discipline of sticking to the time set for writing is not always easy but bears good fruits at the end.

Maintain your purpose

The purpose of the literary work that you are doing is critical. Remember that this is why you are writing in the first place. We all know that writing is an art that calls for creativity and imagination. This does not mean that a writer should deviate from the main purpose of their project, this requires discipline, and it calls for a writer who is dedicated to sticking to the objective of the book amidst challenges that they may encounter.

An author that maintains discipline in time management and the purpose of the book is able to get his work done fast. This is something that most upcoming writers lack. In the end making their passion for writing not to become a reality but a mere dream.

 

Advantages of self-publishing

Previously, we looked at what you get when you opt for traditional publishing, let us take a look at what you get with self-publishing. We may also look at the downside of self-publishing.

Self-publishing allows new and upcoming authors get their book to the general public. Traditional publishing comes with the expense of getting an agent which will require you to part with some cash. This is not the case with self-publishing as you don’t need an agent to act on your behalf in the whole publishing process.

Self-publishing gives an author the freedom of making decisions concerning their book and changes which they would want to see. With the author having an edge in decision making, it is highly possible that the final product will not have deviated from the original idea of the author.

Traditional publishing takes time before the book can get to the shelves of the bookshops. This is not the case with self-publishing as publication is almost instant. Thus an author does not have to wait for a very long time to get their work done. This works well if the author is good and has taken time on their work.

The disadvantage of self-publishing is that there are high chances of having shoddy work in the market if the author has not taken time and consulted extensively before publishing the book. This is something that may work to the disadvantage of the author as the book may not make good sales as it is expected to. In such a case, fewer sales may be made from the book. Accomplished authors who opt for self-publishing may not experience such drawbacks. It is, therefore, important that an author who chooses self-publishing be more serious and careful with the work that they do as it may make them or break their career in writing.

 

How to Write a Book – Quick Steps to Do So

How to Write a Book

Every passionate writer wishes that he or she could write a book that millions of people in the world will want to purchase. Talented authors would love to have their writings mean something important to the readers across the globe. Unfortunately, many people possess writing talents but they don’t know how to start. The beginning of the story is often the hardest part and the best thing to do is start as broadly as possible. Once you feel comfortable with your writing, you can add the setting. You will probably change loads of things in the story, because the great thing about writing a book is you can let your imagination run wild. The only thing you have to remember is that you have to enjoy the process.

Once you feel you have written down enough ideas read it again. Your ideas must unique and inspiring which will not seem like recently published. You should describe each and every character so that reader can develop an imagination world and find story interesting. It is helpful to search online for your topic as many new thoughts can be generated by reading various things related to your book. The books which do not get published are the ones that are poorly organized. No one wants to read a boring book so you must write in interesting way as good books are enriched with details and colour. Take breaks in between to get back some perspective because writing improves with distance and we can easily add some news and fresh ideas again for same thing after writing an interval.

How to Publish a Book

After writing a book next step is how to publish it. There are many sites available for publishing services which allow writers to self-publish their books. The writer becomes the publisher and offers his or her works to the world. One can enter the bestseller realm on one of these sites and then expand his or her profile from there. You must check the rates of each site when you are self-publishing, as some tend to ask for more percentage of your total revenue when compared to others.

Slavica is a renowned author and famous author of selling over 300 books. Get free online training on “how to write and publish your book” from her.