Publishing isn’t rocket science. If you have something written and feel the urge to see it in the form of a book, you are ready to publish! Being an amateur author, lacking experience or worrying about the reviews your book will receive is hardly a reason to stall. The world of publishing is opening its doors to everyone and all you need to do is grab the opportunity. If you’re wondering where to start, here are 7 easy steps to getting published.
- Finish writing before thinking of publishing.
The most important task to getting published is to have a good manuscript. Until you are satisfied with your work, put all your effort into writing well and don’t worry about publishing. Do not let your future prospects get in the way of the task at hand. If you can accomplish this, you are through with the toughest part.
- You be the first editor.
I’m sure any author would want a good editor to review his or her manuscript before it goes to print. An editor’s job is to refine your work so it looks and reads best. It is an essential step and often, authors go for more than 2 rounds of editing. However, it is your story and you know what you want to convey. So, remember to read and edit your manuscript entirely after you finish writing.
- Seek a professional editor.
As mentioned earlier, editing is an essential step and it is advisable to seek a professional editor no matter how good an author you may be. Most accomplished authors have their own editors. Publishing houses have their own network of editors. Therefore, finding an editor will not be a challenge.
- Publishing or self-publishing? Find the right match.
Traditional publishing is a tough find, especially for budding authors. Submit your manuscript to publishers who you think will be interested in your story. If you get a positive response, it’s definitely a dream come true. Self-publishing gives you more freedom to pick and choose and pay for the services you require. It is an option open to everyone without depending on a publisher’s approval.
- Follow the guidelines.
Whether it is a publisher or a self-publisher, there will always be certain guidelines that you should follow starting from policies and agreements, manuscript submission, fixing a royalty scheme, selecting services and packages or any other processes. A good association is built by good coordination and responsiveness.
- Don’t delay.
Now that most things have been finalized, you are well on your way to getting your book published. You may be required to submit a few more details to your publisher or make payments. No matter how trivial you may find them, don’t delay performing these steps. Get done with them so you and your publisher can see a good return on investment as soon as possible.
- Relax, market, write!
Take some much deserved rest. You probably have the first copy of your book with you. Enjoy the moment and celebrate! But don’t forget to spread the word. Marketing is as essential as having a great book. There are several options out there and people miss out on most things unless they hear about it from different avenues. Indulge in a bit of organic marketing, social media promos and create a buzz. Professional marketers can help you with this. Then, consider writing your next book. Good luck!
Written by – Radhika Pillai