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 a 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.
Can 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’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 Is a POD (Print-On-Demand) Press?
Print-On-Demand publishing is a method of producing books in specific—often small—quantities in order to meet ongoing demand from the author, booksellers, and individual customers. With a POD service, copies can be ordered and produced one at a time, eliminating the need for storage overhead. Many POD presses also serve as fulfillment houses, meaning that you will never need to worry about shipping your book to customers.
What Are the Different Ways I Can Self-Publish My Book? How Do I Know Which One Is Best for Me?
There are a number of self-publishing options available, including both hardcopy and digital alternatives.
For hardcopy publications, service providers offer one or both of the following options: printing a limited run, in which case the copies are shipped to you, or Print-On-Demand publication, in which case copies of the book are only produced when you or a customer orders them. This can cut back significantly on overhead for storage and reduces the risk of overstocking your book.
For electronic self-publishing, there are a number of popular vendors with whom you can make your title available, including the Amazon Kindle store, the Barnes & Noble eBook store, and Apple’s iBook app.
Give us a call and we can help you decide which of these self-publishing options are best for you.
Can You Handle the Self-Publishing Process for Me?
Absolutely! We offer comprehensive publishing support, which includes an option for self-publishing. We’ll discuss the different self-publishing services available to you and help you decide which one will be best for you and your project. Once we’ve narrowed it down to your ideal self-publishing option, we’ll format your material and upload the files for you. We simplify the process so that you have to do as little as possible.
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!