Will You Help Me Publish My Book?
Absolutely. Whether you are interested in traditional publishing or self-publishing, we can help you to get your book published. We offer comprehensive support for POD publishing, eBook publishing, and traditional publishing. For traditional publishing, we will help you to identify literary agents and publishing houses and work with you to prepare compelling promotional material to solicit potential buyers. For self-publishing, whether hardcopy, digital or both, we will consult with you on what options will work best for your book. We can prepare your book for formatting and handle the entire self-publishing process for you.
What Is the Process for Publishing a Book?
The process for publishing a book depends on how you’d like to publish it.
Traditional publishing usually involves finding a literary agent to represent you and then pitching your book to various publishing houses until you find one that wants to purchase the rights to publish your book. This process typically takes several months or even up to a year. If you’re able to secure a deal with a traditional publisher, it can take several more months to a year—or even longer—before your book actually goes to print.
The self-publishing process is much more simple and expedient. Once you’ve completed your manuscript, you need only to choose a self-publishing service, format your book based on their specifications, and upload it with a cover design.
Whether you choose to pursue traditional publishing or self-publishing, we’ll consult with you and help you with every step along the way.
What’s the Difference Between Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing?
A traditional publisher will purchase the rights to publish your book and is then responsible for the final look of the book, the printing, and the marketing. With self-publishing, you pay a publisher to publish and print your book.
There are challenges and benefits associated with both traditional and self-publishing. For authors who sign with a traditional publisher, there is generally guaranteed payment and the sales and earning potential is significantly higher than self-publishing. However, the rights to their book are no longer their own and the publisher may demand various changes to the manuscript that the author may not be completely comfortable with. Self-publishing allows authors more freedom, but on the downside, there is no assurance that their book will sell.
Traditional publishing also generally involves a large commitment of time and effort (and thick skin!) to get a literary agent and publishing deal. In return, authors gain increased visibility and the publisher covers the distribution and marketing costs. Books printed through traditional publishing are guaranteed to be professional quality.
Many first-time authors use self-publishing as a means to prove their marketability to agents and publishers and secure a contract for their subsequent works. More and more, self-publishing is becoming the most common form of publication.
What’s the Process for Finding a Literary Agent?
Generally, authors secure a literary agent by submitting query letters and samples of their work to a number of potential agents. Some writers’ circles say that you will need to query 80+ agents before you can justify calling it quits. Each query letter should be personalized to the recipient and address how you see your work complimenting the roster of authors that the literary agent currently represents. The process is long and taxing, and there is no guarantee that you’ll find representation. But, if you do, a literary agent will very likely be able to find a publisher for you and act as a champion for you and your book.
Can I Send the Same Query Letter to More Than One Agent or Publisher?
Significant sections of your query letter can be sent to more than one agent or publisher; however, query letters are most effective when they are customized to your recipient. Most successful query letters include a section about how your manuscript relates to the distinct character or priorities of the agent or publisher you’re contacting.
Do You Guarantee That My Book Will Be Published?
If your goal is to hold a copy of your book in your hand and have it available for sale on Amazon and Kindle (among other eBook platforms), then yes, we can guarantee that your book will be published. If your heart is set on traditional publishing, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a book deal or secure a literary agent to represent you. We will, however, do everything we can to support you in achieving your goal!
I’ve Written a Book Before, But It Wasn’t Successful. What Can You Do to Help Me Succeed?
Writing is just like any other skill or art form; practice, feedback, and refinement are the means to improving your abilities. Every writer needs an editor, and even the most brilliant ideas can benefit from a collaborator or two. We can work with you on material that you’ve already created to give detailed, insightful feedback and suggestions on how to take your craft to the next level. We can also build off of the ideas that you’ve already generated and ghostwrite new material for you.
We know that the publishing industry can be daunting, especially for first time authors, so we offer consultation and comprehensive support for both traditional and self-publishing outlets. Once the writing and editing process is complete, we’ll help you make decisions regarding traditional and self-publishing options. We’ll craft a query letter or book proposal that you can use to promote your book to agents and publishing houses, and we can put you in contact with marketing services to get the word out about your book. We’ve assisted many first-time and experienced authors with self-publishing their book and securing lucrative book deals through traditional publishing avenues.
Our services are perfectly suited for writers who are looking to improve their work. Our professional staff is ready to give you the tools, motivation, and reflection that you need to succeed.