Getting their book published is the Holy Grail for aspiring authors. They see multi-million dollar book publishing deals and dream of enduring success a la Charles Dickens, George Orwell and Iris Murdoch. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get your book published, no matter how good it is. It requires a combination of persistence, determination, patience and luck. It also requires some knowledge of the publishing industry, so that you can increase your chances of success.
There are several different types of book publishing available:
- Traditional publishing from a big publishing company.
- Traditional publishing from a small publishing house (also known as boutique or independent publishers).
- On-demand-publishing for print books.
- Self-publishing for print books and ebooks.
- Digital publishing companies for ebooks.
Some small companies provide digital and print book publishing services and some major publishing houses are following suit.
For all the advantages of online publishing, there is still nothing like seeing your book in print. So, here are some tips on how to get your book published.
5.3 Book Publishing Tips
There is no formula for getting your book published, but there are certain tips you can follow to improve your chances.
1) Get a literary agent.
2) Prepare your manuscript properly.
3) Research publishing houses.
4) Choose publishing houses that are most likely to publish your type of book. For example:
- If you’ve written some poems that you think are worthy of a collection, approach publishing companies that regularly publish poetry books.
- Consider a niche publishing company that specialises in your genre, such as books for children, business books, science-fiction, philosophy, romance, history and crime.
- If you write in a similar style to or on similar topics as some of your favourite authors, try approaching their publishing companies.
5) Put effort into your cover and query letters.
There are two very important tips that you should remember:
1) Be patient, literary agents and publishers may take a long time to get back to you.
2) Don’t stop trying.