Today we’re going to be looking at how to publish your work. This post is going to be a bit about the two avenues on publishing – traditional publishing and self-publishing, but also about the process you need to go through before you publish. We’re mostly going to be looking at the process leading up to publishing first and foremost before looking into the two types of publishing – I’ll cover those topics separately in the new year.
So, you’ve finished your book, you’ve gone over it a million times and made all the necessary adjustments to your manuscript – now what? Your manuscript is as good as you can make it and you’re ready to share it with the world, so now you get to ask yourself how and who do you want to publish it with.
Well, you’re going to have to keep doing some research.
For starters, if you haven’t already done so, you’re going to want to see who is publishing your specific genre or category. It’ll at least give you a heads up as to some good places to publish. How can you do this? Go to your local bookstore and literally browse through the books. The back cover of the title page will usually have the publishers information there.
Why do you want to research publishers?
Well, you want your manuscript to be published right? Then don’t waste your time, and the publishers, by sending your horror fiction piece into a publishing house that deals strictly with romance novels. It’ll also save you a lot of heart ache from getting some unnecessary rejection letters.
After you pick a publishing house, research them in depth. See what they are publishing and when and how your work would fit into their line up of releases. Also. look into their submission guidelines and deadlines – don’t get rejected based on missing a step before they even get to your wonderful manuscript. At the very least, the publisher will expect you to send in a query letter and sample of your writing.
Query Letters: these are cover letters for your writing essentially. Make sure you spend some time on these and make sure they are grammar, punctuation and spelling error free. The publisher is going to be looking at the letter first. So, make a good impression.
Don’t worry I’ll have a post about writing a good query letter in the new year.
Another thing to keep in mind is how long your manuscript is going to be. This is going to determine the correct avenue in which to publish your work. Here’s a quick blurb about that:
You can also choose to publish online as well. You can do so by going out and getting your own books into print through a supplier and then sell them online or to use the Amazon Kindle route and sell them online that way as well. There are benefits and pitfalls to this way of publishing, just that same as with traditional publishing.
The one big thing I want you to remember is you’re going to get rejected – not once, but many times. I know it sucks. Trust me I do. I’ve entered a few competitions and have submitted a couple of stories and didn’t have them published in some magazines. There’s nothing wrong with that (even though it majorly sucks). It just means that I have to keep polishing my work up a little bit and to keep sending it out. Someone is bound to pick it up at some point.
Quite honestly, for every rejection I get, I just remind myself to look at J.K. Rowling. She got rejected numerous times before someone had the guts to see the potential in Harry Potter. Now look at her. She has one of the most popular book series of all times that she got to share with millions of people. She never gave up on herself or her story. You need to do the same.
That’s it for me this week. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your holiday season. Please check in with me on New Years’ Eve. I am doing a reflection on my year of blogging and I will be giving you a heads up about what will be happening with this blog over the next year.
Until New Years’ Eve!