Getting your book published can be a hard task but there is no need to give up. A few tips should guide you through the process and increase the chances of getting your book published.
Some authors are rejected many times before finally getting acceptance. Don’t abandon your project too quickly especially if you put years of work and effort into it. Rejections can be valuable lessons to improve in your writing so you might want to look at rejection slips for advice and direction.
Learn The Business
Understand the business side of publishing. The truth is that publishing should be well understood both as a business and as an art. Get to know what sells by reading a lot of books about writing and publishing.
You also need to be up to date with the latest market trends. An easy way to do this is by reading the current best sellers list. Monthly literary magazines can also come in handy in helping you to understand what is selling.
Get the right publisher to sell your idea to. It is advisable to find publishers who publish books similar in style and genre as yours. You will also note that some publishers specialize in new authors, others specialize in minority groups.
A literary agent can make the process a lot easier. Finding one can be a tough gig but an agent will find an author and publisher for the writer. Find an agent who specializes in new authors and submit query letters prior to sending a manuscript.
Other Options Available
If you are not entirely keen on making a huge profit, you can opt to self-publish. This means that the author takes on full responsibility for packaging, marketing, promoting as well as selling. It would be a good option for a book meant only for your family or close friends and colleagues.
Alternatively, you can publish through a small press or third party vendor. This refers to supported self-publishing offered by some companies. Often, a small price is paid a number of agreed upon services. such services may include marketing and promotion education or even placement in stores.