If your answer is ‘yes’ or hope it is ‘yes’ in the near future then one needs to start looking around for a publisher that will publish your dream book.
Once you start the task of finding a publisher you will realize the job is difficult for a first time author to even find a literary agent let alone a publisher who will take on the book.
If this is the scenario you have a couple of options:
- Continue your dream of finding a good traditional publisher, infinitum.
- Give yourself a reasonable time frame to find a good Publisher and then take a call to follow point no 3, 4 or 5.
- Self-publish the book yourself
- Find a good self-publishing company to help you publish your book
- Junk the idea to publish the book, altogether.
If point no 1 is your choice: You need lots of patience and perseverance, a good literary agent and a book that will appeal to a publisher.
If point no 2 is your choice: You have spent a reasonable amount of time and effort to find a publisher for your book and then taken the next best option. In most cases this is a satisfying option.
If point 3 is your choice: Time will be the biggest factor that you will need to contribute, to finding the various processes that go into book production but also the professional way to carry out those processes. Risk is – you may still not match the skill of a professional and despite immense amount of effort the book may turnout shoddy in appearance and you may or may not have saved any money.
If point 4 is your choice: Be prepared to spend money, get professional editing done and be prepared to market your book. As is the case with finding any vendor even for a self-publishing company research the market, compare services and prices. Ask for hidden costs. Order a book to gauge quality of books on offer and look for author feedback for the company to measure the level of services actually being offered.
If point no. 5 is your choice: then ‘Nothing ventured nothing gained’
We have myriad publishing choices available to us. So cheers to choices!
“Reading is an adventure that never ends”
What does editing do for your book? It improves its readability.
If you want your book to be read by others good editing is absolutely essential. You may ask “If my language skills are good then can I edit my own work?” The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Good editing is expensive hence you need to decide the purpose for which you are writing the book. If it’s for private circulation, amongst friends, family, and within limited groups and you have good language skills, then go ahead and edit your book yourself. If you plan to publish the book through a traditional publishing house then they will pass your book through a few round of edits before publishing it. The catch here is that for getting your book accepted by a traditional publisher you need to submit a piece that is already well edited.
No matter how good the story line or the content is , if it’s a book meant for mass circulation then it’s always advisable to get your book edited first by a professional editor – both fiction and non-fiction books. An editor will look at all mistakes or omissions that slipped your gaze. He/she will look at typos, spelling, grammar, sentence construction, the suitability of a word in a particular context, pace, tense, voice and many other factors. This will lead the reader to a happy reading experience. Editing will happen only once but the pleasure for thousands if not millions of those reading your book will be immense with every read.
There are several factors that are involved in the success of a book:
People in today’s world are inundated with choices and thousands if not more books are out there vying for the reader’s attention. If we have to grab the reader’s attention we need to take care of ALL major and minor aspects that will affect the decision of the reader to pick up your book. One of the most important elements in a book’s success is the readability, structure and flow of the text.
The moot question an author has to ask him/herself is – what am I writing this book for? In most cases the answer will be- for the book to be read by others! If the book does not provide people with a pleasant reading experience and all their attention is focused on either errors of spelling/punctuation/grammar or tedious description, will they then read it?
What does editing do for your book? It improves the readability of your book by correcting typos/punctuation/grammar and rewriting/adding/removing/substituting unnecessary bits of the text. Even if a manuscript is lucky enough to be noticed amongst thousands of manuscripts by a traditional publisher it may face rejection because of poor editing and therefore poor readability.
In the case of self-published books, it becomes even more necessary to get professional editing done if you want to achieve your primary goal.
The next question an author will ask is, can I edit my own book or should I engage a professional editor? Our next post will cover this aspect too. So watch this space.
“Reading is an adventure that never ends”
What is a successful business start up to do with a successful book?
In most cases a successful book is the result of the same basic principles, as in business. A strong belief in your book, formulating some guidelines, implementing them, experimenting, tweaking your plans as you go along. Learning from other success stories.
Here is another link for those thinking of sucess in business should look at: