how do you get a book published
I'm writing a book at the moment it seems to be going very well! anyway i'm just wondering how do I get it published? (I live in the UK)
Paper or e-Book
paper or ebook i dont mind
There are online publishing companies that will print a book, but you would have to edit and format it yourself.
Ebooks can be published easily, you can publish them on your own by converting a document into a pdf, which works on a lot of devices.
Monika, Do you know of any specific online publishing companies?
also made the cover of my book tell me what you think:
If you're wanting to publish it professionally- well that takes a lot of time- first you have to finish writing it- then you have to revise and edit it and have it in a polished format- then you have to send out query letters. Most publishers won't publish a book without an agent so you send our query letters out to agents first and usually slip in the first 10 pages or chapter of your book. Most agents only take on around 10 clients a year so expect rejection and have lots of copies. Once you get an agent you will probably go through your book again with your agent and edit and revise it again. Then your agent will begin to look for a publisher for you. If you don't use an agent then your work is really cut out for you because you have to research different publishers and find which ones publish different types of books and if they only accept writers with agents or writers without. You'll want to then research how they want to be presented with your work. Because single space 12 font won't work for most publishing companies. It's a really long process- the best thing to do is to get into the writing community in your area. Join a workshop- let them see what you're writing, and then start making connections. You can talk to local published writers and get advice on how to become published or where to go to get published. It takes time and most writers are sending out their manuscript for years before they get a yes.
If you go the self-publishing route you're going to have to pay out of pocket to have your book published, and then you have to advertise it if you want it to sell- so you have to learn to sell yourself like you're a product. You'll do that anyway when you get published- but publishing agencies are great at setting up their writers for public readings at libraries, coffee shops and book stores as well as getting them booths at book fairs and writers conventions. If you self publish that's all something you have to do yourself.
But the first step is to finish your book and then go back with a critical eye and revise and edit it. Worrying about things like the cover or publishing until then is moot.
ive decided to opt for ebook publishing since it seem ALOT easier
If like to spread the word of your writing you can also make an account on wattpad.com, a bunch of writers there have recently been professionally published, like isaac marion, the writer of 'warm bodies'
In addition to PinkWeeds: Most editors and publishers will not bother to look at your letter without a personal invitation. I have met several wonderful people at Writers Conventions and once you get a 10 minute meeting to "pitch" you usually get a "code" to use in an email submission or cover letter. I even attended an amazing seminar on "how" to write a cover letter. I would only worry about the first draft, with a few friends to edit grammatical errors. You could "polish" it to death and never get published if you wait.
Publishers do only accept a few books a year but they are all hunting desperately for the next big thing. They want to know you have a series and not just one good book
I also learned that it is better to be a superstar with a smaller company then a newbie with a known house. You get more money for promoting and more attention.
(I would absolutely stay away from self publishing, except for a blog, until you know what you've got as far as market appeal. Once you're "published" with a story, no one wants it.)
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