How Does the Publishing Process Work

Many aspiring authors have tons of questions about the publishing process, and for good reason. As the print industry is sort of flailing thanks to the increasing digital publishing arena, there are concerns with trying to publish a conventional “handheld” book. As a writer or author, you’re going to have to make decision: self publish or seek representation.

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Self Publish

Many authors are going this route today for two reasons: it’s generally cheaper and you get a greater cut of the profits from your books, or because your book was rejected by agents or publishers. Sometimes, people just don’t like the terms of their agent or the publisher, and decide to self publish so they can keep greater control over their content. That’s not to say that self publishing is simple. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. If you want to self publish, you have to search for different platforms like Kindle or ePub or elsewhere for you to upload your book to, but you also have to figure out how to format it with a cover image, copyright info, index, etc. This is not for the faint of heart when it comes to technology. There happen to be a number of e-book “brokers” who you can pay to format your book for e-publications, as well, but that can be expensive and have the same implications as having a publishing house own the rights to your materials.

Seek Representation

This is, honestly, the most self flagellating and stressful option because you are the whim of others and their opinion of your work. However, if you had a tough skin and stand by what you’ve created, you can have a great situation after bearing a few rejections. If you get accepted by an agent, your agent will then push your book to publishing houses all over the place. Hopefully, your manuscript is good and the publishing house is willing to pay you an advance to cover the manuscript. Then, you get royalties when the book starts to sell, and hopefully it’s good enough to where it sells very well. The downside to this process is that editing tends to change the course of the story (for better, usually) and the overhead cost for publishing houses is insane, so you’re getting a very small cut of sales. As you get to be a well known author, you can renegotiate your terms and hopefully get a better cut with future books, but at first you’re making pennies on the dollar. That’s the cost of representation, but you get more exposure with representation.

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As you can see, these options both have their pros and cons, and it can be difficult to choose either one. Whatever you want for your manuscript, whether it’s to have more control over it or to get more people to read it, you have to choose for you. The exciting part is that you’ve finished a book, and now it’s time to see where it goes! Good luck to you.

Become an Author Today!

Maybe you’ve always thought about writing a book, or maybe you’ve even started a few chapters but you’re wondering what the next steps are. How exactly do you become an author? Well, the good news is that the second you start writing a book, you’re an author, you’re a writer. So congratulations! But how do you become a real author that people recognize? That takes some doing.

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Finish the Book

It might sound obvious, but you do need to actually finish a book in order to be a real author. Plenty of writers only have a partially finished manuscript, but very few of them ever actually finish it. So if you want to be an author, you have to have a book to show people. Then, you’re an author.

Get an Agent or Learn How to Self Publish

If you’re going to go the traditional publication route, want your hardback book on the counter at your local book shop, and want to be able to send physical copies to your family, you’ll want to get an agent. Most publication houses will not allow you to represent your house, so you need to send your books or manuscripts to agents to see which one of them will represent you. Once you get an agent, you can start pitching your book to publishers and see which ones will publish or pay you – or both!

If you don’t want to go that route, or if you don’t get accepted by an agent or publisher (it happens), then you can try to learn how to self publish. With platforms like Amazon Kindle, this is easier than ever before, but it still takes a little bit of work. You need to figure out how to create PDF files, a cover image, the correct copyright images, and then you need to figure out the Kindle fee structure. Many self published authors struggle to get the proper royalties from their books from these platforms, so beware.

Network with Other Authors

The important part of becoming an author, aside from obviously making and publishing a book, is to hone the craft. To learn how to write better, to create even better stories, you need to learn from others. This comes in the form of taking classes, going to writing workshops, and having other people critique your work who get the writing process and who have technical experience writing and even publishing books. Don’t just ask your mom to read your book and see what she thinks; of course your mom is going to be excited about it.

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Ask for advice, ask for other people to critique your work, and be willing to grow and change to better reflect what you’ve learned. Remember that you’re always an author, but you’re not going to be the best author you can be if you never learn more about what you can do. You will be able to publish better stories and become a well known author if you work hard enough.

How to Become an Award Winning Author in 5 Easy (Ha!) Steps

Pretty eye catching title, right? Well, we can’t promise those results for everyone, unfortunately, but we had to get your attention somehow, right? If you’re interested in becoming a published author, let alone an award winning one, there are a few things you need to do. Well, five to be exact.

  1. Come up with the best idea ever.

Pretty simple, right? Writers spend their entire careers trying to come up with one killer idea, and sometimes they manage to come up with a great idea that flops terribly once they write it. But if you want to make it to award winner status, that idea better rock. Better yet, make it an idea that is so unique that people will sit up and take notice. But that’s totally easy, right?

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  1. Get an agent who will get you published.

Aside from the ease of writing down the best idea ever, now you have to convince an agent that it’s the best idea ever and get him or her to vouch for you with huge publishers like Harper Collins. To do this, you have to send your great idea out to tons of agents and see which one of them wants to represent you. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a few to choose from. If nobody likes your idea or wants to represent you, keep pushing. Did you know that JK Rowling got turned down by 19 publishers before she finally landed her deal with Harry Potter? Don’t get discouraged, just keep plowing on.

  1. Market and Tour

To get to award winning book status you’re going to need to make sure that people actually read the book, and to do that, you’re going to have to market it properly. Whether that means creating an online presence, getting people to follow you on sites like Goodreads, or if it means actually going on a book tour to sign books and interview with your new fans, do whatever it takes.

  1. Apply for Awards and Contests

Very rarely do people just randomly win an award or contest without being submitted for the contest to begin with. This goes hand in hand with marketing and getting your name out there, so that other people might nominate you, but you also have to apply yourself for quite a few. Keep applying even when you don’t win, and use the ones you do win as fodder for applying for more awards and contests.

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  1. Don’t Get Discouraged

No matter what happens, you’ve managed to write a book, which is pretty amazing in and of itself. Even if you never win the Pulitzer, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have fans and it doesn’t mean that you’re not an author. You are, so enjoy it! Keep writing, as well. You never know if it’s your first idea of your seventeenth idea that will finally get you that award.

Why You Should Just Start Writing

There are so many classes you can take, so many books you can read, and even so many things you need to really become a “writer” – or at least that’s what people think. But what makes a writer? Is it the cool, vintage typewriter sitting on your desk, or the degree in journalism? Is it the writing workshop you attend every week? No. It’s the writing that you do. Are you a writer if you just put down a couple of sentences in a notebook but never return to it? No. Are you a writer if you add to your writing every day, whether it’s pure genius or total crap? Yes. You are a writer the day you decide to start writing and actually start writing.

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Stop Saying “When”

We are all guilty of waiting for that perfect moment to do something. We think we need to get a degree, a nice desk, a nice computer, a wide array of notebooks, before we can actually start writing. To really start writing, stop saying “When.” “When I get that desk,” or “When the kids go to college,” or “When I feel better.” No, that’s not how this works. You’re not a writer until you start writing so start now!

Set Yourself Up

Just getting started, and giving yourself time and space to start writing, will go a long way. Do you have a wife and / or kids? Do you have a demanding job? Do you get easily distracted? Set up a time, a place, and stick to it – write at that time in that place every day.

Stop Investing in Useless Courses

There are great ways to improve your writing, whether it’s through a school / course, or through a peer editing writer workshop, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars on writing courses. This is especially ridiculous if you don’t even have a body of writing to work with yet – you don’t know what areas you need to improve upon. You can check out some great books on writing from your library, watch all the YouTube videos want, and read literally thousands of blogs. You can even take one or two cheap writing courses online. But investing thousands of dollars in something that you have nothing to show for is just too steep.

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Don’t Get Caught up With Editing

So many people end up writing like 250 words a day because they’re so stuck on editing out every single word. You know those days – the ones where you don’t know if you want to write “He ran” or “He jogged,” and you end up arguing with yourself for hours instead of just pushing past it and editing later. This is a new writer’s Kryptonite, and can be easily alleviated if you just write and keep writing. Finish the first draft – even if it’s crap. You can always go back and change it, but you can’t go back if you never finish!

The Top Book Awards You Want to Win

As an author or writer, the odds are high that you just want to be able to finish your book, let alone win awards with it. But if you’ve written your book and it’s doing quite well, you might start eye balling these awesome awards.

The Booker Prize

This international book prize used to be awarded every 2 years to any book from virtually anywhere in the world, but it is now awarded every year to one book that has been translated into English. The winner gets 50,000 British pounds, and must be split between the author and the translator.

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The Nobel Prize

Obviously not the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Prize for literature has been awarded since 1901. It’s presented by the Swedish Academy and includes books from all over the world. In recent years, the Swedish Academy has been questioned for its bias towards political and public figures like Barack Obama and Malala Yousefzai. If you write nonfiction, this award is particularly partial to that.

Newbery Medal

If you write children’s fiction, this is the coup de gras of awards. The Association for Library Service to Children awards this one, and they have hundreds of submissions to work through every year. It’s been going since 1922 and is one of the most recognized awards on books, given that these ones are the read the most by American children and their families.

National Book Award

This award is given in four categories: fiction, nonfiction poetry, and young adult literature, making it a pretty comprehensive award no matter what you write. Each winner gets $10,000 and a huge amount of prestige.

Caldecott Medal

Like the Newbery Medal, this award is decided by The Association for Library Service to Children. It has been awarded to a picture book since 1938, and is considered the highest award for children’s fiction and picture books.

The Bram Stoker Award

If you write horror, this is the biggest award you can win. There are 12 categories, making this one of the biggest award categories out there. Whether you write horror in novel, first novel, short fiction, long fiction, fiction collection, poetry collection or anthology form, you’re eligible for this award. Naturally, Steven King and M. Night Shyamalan have won these ones.

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The Faulkner Award / PEN

Books are awarded by fellow fiction authors in this award ceremony, making it a highly coveted award among writers. PEN stands for playwrights, essayists, editors, and novelists, and was also named after William Faulkner, author of As I Lay Dying and others. If you want to win this award, you need to have a heavy subject, writing that is almost poetry, and an ability to withstand tons of criticism.

These are not the only book awards out there; there are many for each type of genre and ones specific to the country of the author’s origin. Many don’t even have cash awards, just the pride that comes with winning.

How to Write a Book in One Month

Many authors spend months and months, and sometimes even years, writing their novels. Sometimes, they can knock them out in a matter of weeks, and everyone else hates them for it. It all depends on who you are as a writer, and what you consider your daily writing limits to be. Some people can write 5,000 words a day, while some can only manage 250. But if you want to take part in November’s National Novel Writing Month (Na No Wri Mo for future reference), you’re going to have to buckle down and make it work. Here’s how.

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Make it a Habit

You sit your butt in that chair and you write for fifteen, thirty, ninety minutes a day – whatever floats your boat. Or make it so you write a certain amount of words a day, whatever. The average novel is at least 50,000 words, and there are 30 days in November so do the math: that’s about 1,666.66 words a day. If you’re only trucking along with about 250 a day, that’s going to be quite a stretch. To put that into perspective, that’s about 2 and a half pages a day, with only paragraph breaks (Sorry, this isn’t high school, you can’t double space your novel). Sit down every day and make it happen. Get up an hour earlier or go to bed an hour later to get it done.

Back it Up

The last thing you want, after all that work, is to lose it when your hard drive crashes. We recommend using Google Docs, but you can also save your work to Dropbox or Google Drive if you don’t want to use such a limited, web based app like Google Docs.

Get it Edited

After churning out 50,000 words or so in November, you’re probably going to be pretty burnt out and not want to re-read what you just wrote. Either give it some time (4 to 6 months is how long Stephen King waits!), or hire someone professional to edit it for you (this is more affordable than you’re thinking). If you hire someone, it can get done and even published faster than you ever expected.

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Do Something With It!

Don’t just finish a book and let it sit, gathering dust on your hard drive. Print it off, bind it up, and then send it out to agents (or publishers if you already have an agent). Give it to your mom so she knows you finally wrote something, publish it for free online, I don’t care! Just do something with it!

You don’t have to wait for November, either. Make a habit to write every morning and who knows? You could churn out a novel every 2 or 3 months, if you have enough time and a ton of ideas to pull from. That may sound crazy, but think about all the authors out there who seem to publish a new book every 3 or so months – that could be you!

Picking the Right Agent and Publisher

When you decide to write a book, you’re probably super excited and full of hopeful ideas. Then, you start writing the book and you realize this is a masochistic hobby that hurts you more than helps you. Then you get closer to finishing the book and you realize you’re almost to the finish line. And then you’re finished with the book! Then you edit the book and think, “Someone might actually buy this!” But how do you get it out there, and how do you make it a best seller on the New York Times list? First, you have to find an agent.

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Here’s a list of things you should ask any agents you are considering to represent you:

1. Have you ever represented someone with a story like mine? What was the end result and do you still represent that person?

2. Do you have a specific style of book you like to promote? Does my book match that?

3. What are your rates and terms?

4. Which publishers do you prefer to work with and do you have contacts at those houses that could possibly help us get my book published?

5. How do you do contracts, and when are things renegotiable?

6. What happens if my book is an absolute best selling smash? What are you royalties?

7. What happens if no one takes the book and it flops? What are your fees?

From there, you should get some pretty good insights into the agents you want to work with, and figure out if they have your book and your best interests at heart. After you find the right agent, they’re going to pitch your book to dozens of publishing houses to see if someone will pick it up. Once you find a publisher who accepts your book, it may be an easy acceptance, but be smart and ask the right questions. Here are a few you need to ask to make sure you get the right representation and don’t get screwed.

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1. What are your terms for royalties? What percent of total sales do I see?

2. Who owns the rights to characters and story? Can I sell those to you for more money?

3. How do we know this book is going to hit your projected sales mark? What do I have to do to make that happen (i.e. book tours, etc.)?

4. When do we renegotiate terms?

5. What if my book flops? Do I have to give back my advance?

6. What if my book is a total success; do your rates or my percentage change at all after we hit a certain sales mark?

Of course, these are just a few questions to ask. Ask your agent (once you trust him or her) to help you in negotiations with the publisher to make sure you’re getting a fair shake. After that, sit back and enjoy your advance and start working on your next money making novel!

Best Self Publishing Platforms

If you’ve decided to go the self publishing route (or nobody took your book and forced your hand), you may be staring at a bunch of different self publishing sites wondering which one will actually work for you. That all depends on your level of tech savviness, to be quite honest. If you’re totally technology illiterate and can’t even make Facebook work for you, then it’s probably best to hire someone to publish your book for you – there are plenty. Just find a company with good reviews. If you know a little bit about computers, especially PDF and formatting, then you should be good to go. Here are a few places to start self publishing today.

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Free Options:

CreateSpace This works for print books, and is totally free to set up. You, of course, have to pay for your printed books but it is incredibly affordable and can let you control all profits from a book sale.

Digital platforms that cater to only eBooks:

Kindle Direct Publishing

Kobo

Draft2Digital (for iBooks and Nook + others)

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You can create an account on any of these platforms and distribute your already formatted ebook this way. If you want to offer your ebook on multiple platforms, you can either create an account for each platform all by yourself, or pay for a middleman platform like IngramSpark, which will post your ebook on every platform you select. This is fairly cheap, and takes away all the difficult work for you – we highly recommend this option.

ISBNs

Keep in mind that you’ll need to have two different ISBNs if you plan on printing your book and e-publishing it; most ISBNs are $125 a pop, whether digital or print. If you only want to sell on Amazon, they assign you a free ASIN, but that restricts you to only using their platform. For $250, you can diversify your book and make more profit – again, we highly recommend this option.

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Be Your Own Publishing House

Since many books flop and don’t ever return you money on your investment, many people have started their own e-book publishing houses. Like the different platforms you find for publishing online, you can establish yourself as an expert and start publishing for other people for a small fee. This means that you use all of the above resources, but you do it for those people we mentioned above who can barely use Facebook. Then, if their book sells, you’re making residual profits from their books and you can hopefully establish a wider client base.

One thing you should keep in mind is that self publishing is hot right now, so everyone is doing it – really. That means that, should you go this route, you should spend more time and money in marketing your book properly. Make sure it looks good, has a great cover, and is actually formatted, edited, and looks like a physical book. Self published books are a dime a dozen, don’t get drowned out by the crowd.

A Good Book Writing As An Arts And Science

The good writing is an arts or science? This question might surprise to majority of its listeners or readers but it has something very rare and describes the historical revolution. The good writing never comes with natural abilities but it requires some great concentration to our surroundings and self-commitment towards more knowledge. We are unable to write much if we do not pay sufficient attention to our society and the events around us.

The fable is said to have been solved as the good writing skill is not built-in, available to all humans and it does not require any pre-requisite condition like, to be outstanding in writing skills the person should be rich by birth and vice versa in case of the poverty.  Many people around the globe are known for their writing skills only. They have ability to pen-in experiences very short but close to reality wordings. They have proved the must-have of certain traits into our personalities. Let them discuss in rest of this article.

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Writing of book requires understanding of basic five Cs of the good English writing. The first one is “Case/Story”. It

means the topic of your writing and also your goal. Keep a research-full eye on various topics and make an analysis in your mind that which topic must be known to other people. This topic should be unique and able to attract attention of huge population.  You must be able to possess certain abilities like observation of surroundings and watching the mirror from both sides. This part requires you to then “Choose” the best among the cases you know and have studies. The start of the book should possess an eye-catching summary that describe entire book material and why you think it necessary to be known to other people of the society. This part is known as “Clear”. Clear the goals of your writing of that particular book. The next step may be “Compelling” and it is the hardest point to do with. The writers write for all and they cannot compel any specific portion of the society to read their book. It requires solid writing in very reasonable manner so that all readers could easily understand and would like to read it thoroughly. The last and final step, which is 3bf891c15cf7dd600c883620b988a765most important one, is “Correctness”. The book must be proofread again and again with the help of experts and the facts provided into it must be in actual sequence and depict correlation with the entire material.

The good book writing is thus an art and science both. It has been studied in many researches that people opt to write books when they have met undesired event in their life or gone through such thought provoking experiences. When we say that writing should follow the basic steps, it is an art but when we say, it is written and directly related to human behaviors, it points the behavioral theories of the psychology and sociology.

The good book writing shows the mental abilities and depicts true picture of your personality. It is not easy to become an author as it is backed by number of events and history. There is need to write bibliographies on such authors as well because there is research on every science.

Searching Best Publishers

Searching best publishers is an art that requires intensive research of the surroundings. It may not restrict you to your home town or city but many writers are willing to be hired by the internationally recognized publishers, so that they are able to be recognized worldwide too. It only comes in reality to world class writers only. The world has become a global village now and all credit goes to the latest advancements in internet and communication technology. The number of publishers are now available online and you need not to visit them physically.

The publishers work as an agent on behalf of the writers. They take the assignment to publish the work of the authors and then publish it in shapes of printed books, newspapers slides/cuttings, journals, research papers, novels, etc. However, the wok may also be published at online websites of good repute like the research journals, entertainment sites, digests, academic material online libraries, etc. The material is published under the copy rights of the writer and is not allowed to be copied by anyone else. This is one of the main reasons, why you require your writing to be published. The copy right option safeguards your hard work from stealing by other pirated writers who are not willing to work hard but to go for cheap success using other’s research work / material. The publishers market your name, personality and work. They My-Story-Image_Blog-650x405may be known as your marketing agents in various markets of the word.

Once you have generated an idea in your mind to write on some topic, after going through entire analysis, now, it is the time to convert the research in written form. You may require certain things / resources for the task like a typist, finance, proof reader, copy writer, etc. There is no need to move several offices for the purpose. Just search the best publisher with sound repute and experience in publishing. Take time for meeting to discuss in detail about your project and try convincing the publisher with your entire research work and why it is required to be published. The publishers have all arrangements like printing facilities, typists, proof readers, etc. They may do this all on your behalf and share the profits after sale of the books / journals / research magazines / etc.

The internet is full of such guidelines and contains online publishing websites with contact numbers of the publishers. You can either contact them through phone call, Skype, video conference, etc, or directly visiting their offices, if they are in your reach. The good writers deserve their work to be published by the quality publishers.

Writing is not easy and is not for everyone. It requires hard efforts, intension, care and deep study of previous hundreds of references to make your writing more powerful and thought provoking. When it is published by the team of good publishers, it is successful and error free. They care your efforts, time and research on the topic.