As an ‘author,’ you are interested in the publishing world. Transforming your well-written manuscript into a published book is a marvelous, and often mystifying process. Seeing your name on the cover of your own book, and opening its pages and seeing your words in print is an unparalleled experience.
Knowing how to get your manuscript noticed, and seriously considered by a publisher is key to your success as a selling writer. The first thing you must understand is that the publishing industry is inundated with manuscripts that will never see the light of day—should never see the light of day. So, you need to follow the strict code of best practices to get your polished manuscript serious consideration by literary agents and publishers.
I will assist you in this process.
Perhaps you don’t intend to go the traditional publisher route. Indeed, the publishing and distribution business has changed dramatically over the past decade, and there are several alternative publishing options available today.
Many of my clients have organizations that distribute their books. Some clients have businesses that present education and training in a seminar setting, so their books are better distributed through their own websites and at the seminars.
Truthfully, if you have your own distribution system, you will get 100% of the royalty from each sale; whereas a publication deal will get you approximately 5% of each sale.
On most book projects, I provide the service of getting your book ready for publication on Amazon.com. This includes formatting it for a standard book size, and providing cover design and artwork, then uploading the files for publication. You will be able to order your books within a few days of this process. I can also help develop a promotional website and set up marketing and sales.
Many of my clients prefer to have their books printed and bound by their own publisher, for various reasons. A few possibilities are:
- they have their own distribution network in place (MLM, retail outlets, sales network)
- their books are meant to be handed out individually to prospective clients
- their books are meant to be supplied with product orders
- their books are meant for limited distribution (family, friends, library)
- the book is a gift to an honored loved one or key corporate person
- the book is intended for digital distribution
- the book will be sold directly through a website (web design service>>)
- higher profit margins for the author
Self-publishing can also help an aspiring writer “boot-strap” his or her way into the publishing industry. There are a number of now famous authors who self-published their initial books, to first prove their marketability to the publishing industry.
eBooks and Internet Sales
Digital eBooks have become very common, and nearly all of them are purchased over the Internet. In addition to hard copy publication, I can help you prepare your completed manuscript for sale on any number of online book sellers:
- Amazon Kindle Store
- Google eBooks
- Barnes & Noble Nook Store
- Apple iBooks, Kobo Books
- Sony Reader Store
- eHarlequin eBook Store
- Taylor & Francis eBookstore
- Cambridge eBookstore
- Random House eBooks
- Powell’s Books eBooks
There are several regional and local publishers that are actively looking for new authors with meritorious manuscripts. You don’t necessarily need an agent to get a publishing contract with one of these smaller companies. We can discuss the possibilities of approaching a regional or specialty publisher if you feel that may be a good route for you.
Of course, I’ll assist you in through the publishing process to ensure that your book is a source of enlightenment and pride for generations to come.
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