How to Publish Your Book: Answers to how you can get your work in print


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How to Publish Your Book: Answers to how you can get your work in print

  1. 1. How to Get Published<br />Answers to how you can get your work in print<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Getting Started<br />Define your publishing goals<br />Why did you write this book? <br />For friends and family?<br />For professional recognition?<br />To launch a writing career?<br />Write down your goals <br />More likely to achieve them if they are in front of you<br />Define your intended audience<br />Are your design ideas appropriate?<br />Will help you decide on a marketing plan<br />Commit to the goals<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Research Your Publishing Options<br />1.) Traditional Publishing<br />How titles are acquired<br />Author solicits an agent for the title<br />Agent presents title to an editor<br />Editor must read and see sales potential in the book<br />Editor presents title to Editorial Board <br />If approved, profit-and-loss statement for the book is prepared<br />Editor presents title to Acquisitions Board; sales and marketing may have veto power<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />Research Your Publishing Options<br />2.) Self Publishing<br />Pros<br />Guaranteed your book is published<br />You are in control <br />Cons<br />You must front the costs of producing and marketing your book<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Self-Publishing Options<br />Do-it-yourself<br />Hire and fire individual editors, designers, marketing consultants, etc.<br />If you are successful, you can recoup your initial investment and make more money through book sales<br />Self-publishing companies<br />Offer comprehensive packages <br />Provide professional services<br />Provide experienced consultants throughout the publishing process <br />Save you time<br />Get book to market quickly<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />Present a Clean & Professional Manuscript<br />Readability of a book is extremely important since it is the means through which you will reach your audience<br />Font style: Use a standard, easy-to-read text style for the body <br />Font size: Use an average font size of 11- or 12-point type for the body <br />Line spacing: Books are easiest to read with 1.5 lines <br />Remain consistent throughout book<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />Organize Your Manuscript<br />Include:<br />Cover page: List title and author name<br />Dedication (optional): One sentence (i.e. “For my wife who always believed in me”<br />Acknowledgments page (optional): Longer than the dedication with more details<br />Table of Contents (optional): Common in non-fiction books<br />Body content of book itself<br />Author biography: Place after main body of text or on one of the last pages in the book<br />
  8. 8. Hire an Editor<br />Essential in the success of your book<br />If you choose:<br />Traditional publishing, an editor will toss out a book riddled with grammatical errors<br />Self publishing, marketing will be much easier with an error-free book. <br />Greater chance of reviews- no professional reviewer wants to bother with a grammatically incorrect book<br />Readers will focus on content, not your misspellings<br />Make sure you put your best work out into the world<br />
  9. 9. Celebrate Your Published Book!<br />Plan an event to celebrate your book’s completion<br />Keeps you motivated throughout the publishing process<br />Writing and publishing a book is one of the greatest accomplishments of an author’s life. Celebrate this feat: <br />Throw a launch party at your home for friends and family<br />Give out copies of your book to those who’ve inspired you<br />This is more than a book, it’s part of your legacy. Take a few moments to pat yourself on the back and enjoy your achievement<br />
  10. 10. You’re Not Alone!<br />We are here to help. If you would like more information on how to publish your book, please request a free copy of theAuthorHouse Publishing Guide:<br /><br />Or call 888.519.5121.<br />© 2009 Author Solutions all rights reserved<br />