How To Get Your Book Published
If you want to get your book published, there are two major routes that you can take. Of course, each route comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so make you are thoroughly informed of all the ways of getting your book published before making your decision.
Aside from the two known publishing models of traditional and self-publishing (which we go into, in more detail, at the end of this resource – but you can head straight there by clicking here), there are a number of routes which an author can take for publishing their work:
Hybrid publishing is an emerging publishing model that, in a nutshell, combines traditional publishing methods with self-publishing methods. Typically there is more financial risk with the hybrid model, as upfront costs to look after production and marketing tend to be the norm here. Hybrid publishers, unlike vanity publishers, will often have a criteria of the type of genre/authors they want to work with.
In 2018, the California-based Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) set out 9-point outline for hybrid publishers to help comply with good publishing standards.
Vanity publishing means that the author will pay for the publishing costs but, as stated above, there isn’t usually a selection criteria, which is good news for those who have a personal project that might mean more to them, or have local appeal, rather than global. Again, however, you must consider whether the initial outlay is feasible.
Indie presses, also known as independent publishers, have the benefit of taking on authors that do not have agent representation. Known within the industry as rule breakers, indie presses have recently made many good news story headlines (like this one about the first graphic novel nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2018), by opening up the door to more diverse voices in the book world. We tend to work alongside many independent publishers, helping them achieve a professional, quality driven service for clients.
For example, read here about how worked with Honeybee Books.
Assisted self-publishing such as using BookWIZARD and BookPUBLISHER is designed to do exactly what it says on the tin: assist. Self-publishing suggests that the author will be the one to take responsibility of learning how to publish their book themselves, from eBook conversions to designing the book cover themselves. With platforms such as BookPUBLISHER, help is given, from obtaining an ISBN to having that all important front cover designed professionally.
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Or learn how BookPUBLISHER and Printondemand-worldwide worked for author Sue Evans.
How to take the traditional publishing route:
To get your book published via the traditional route, you first need to get the book accepted by a literary agent, as most major publishing houses will only accept submissions from them:
- The agent will be responsible for selling your manuscript to big publishers.
- The publisher will invest in copyediting, design, and editorial work.
- The publisher will also invest money in marketing and sales.
- Big publishing houses will also work to distribute your book via digital platforms such as through iTunes, Amazon, and even our online store The Great British Bookshop.
- Expect national distribution into book stores.
To what extent your book is distributed depends mostly on the genre of the book. However, the job of a publisher is to achieve the maximum level of distribution possible.
A drawback to getting your book published via the traditional route, is that getting an agent to accept your work can be quite difficult. Furthermore, even if the agent accepts your work, there is no guarantee that he or she will be able to sell the manuscript to a publishing house. It can take months or even years for your manuscript to be sold and achieve the standard required for publication.
How to take the digital and print self-publishing route:
From the author’s point of view, the biggest advantage of self-publishing is that anyone can do it. With many self-publishing models there is no investment required for uploading your book, and costs are only incurred if you are not able to do professional-standard editorial, formatting and book design; plus, you can sell the book all over the world through the internet.
Before you decide to get your work published digitally, then ultimately printed, you must know that many companies do not pay you any type of advance; but your work will stay online and printed on demand each time a purchase is made. However, naturally, there are other types of publishing routes (such as vanity publishing), as highlighted in the opening paragraph, that may order vast quantities of stock, which have been paid for by the author.
It is advisable to check contracts, upfront fees and to look at the print run for your books. You can use our BookWIZARD calculator to see what a typical print and production cost run will be.
Printondemand-worldwide offers authors and publishers the ability to also use our BookPUBLISHERservice, where you can benefit from only printing what you sell – along with a ranges of different packages with varying levels of support, depending on what you wish to do yourself or have professionally done.
Online stores like The Great British Bookshop have extremely large inventories of published authors and your book will be an addition to its ever-growing numbers – giving you access to an audience all over the world for free.
It’s up to you to decide: if you don’t want to find an agent for yourself or you’re tired of waiting around for an agent to sell your manuscript, the self-publishing route might work for you. Some authors also make use of both routes. Having an existing readership can increase your chances of getting a literary agent and being published, so why not start building up your fan base today.
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