Being an author requires a much more diverse skill set than what most people imagine. Apart from writing well, you need to be able to predict who your target audience is, what kind of language will be suitable for them, and how to find the right publishers for your book, apart from other skills. Once you have written a detailed manuscript, you will need to follow the steps given below to publish your book.
Do not rush the process: It will take a considerable amount of your time and effort in creating a good book. Instead of focusing on the publishing process, try to improve the quality of your work to the best possible level. You will need to determine the genre of your work, so make sure that the style of writing suits the type of content. If you are writing a work of fiction, you need to ensure that they have the best version of their manuscript before they approach an editor or an agent. For non-fiction work, on the other hand, you need to write a book proposal that can be used to convince a publisher to pay you for writing the book.
Assess the commercial value of the book: Not every book is suitable to be published by the biggest traditional publishers like HarperCollins, Penguin etc., as they generally support books which can sell tens of thousands of copies. To find out what kind of books are suitable for the big publishers, do some research on the books which are sold by them. Genre fiction, commercial fiction or nonfiction books which have a strong concept are generally considered by large publishing houses.
Find the right agents and publishers: Most of the books that get accepted by a large publishing house have had the help of an agent who is an expert in the publishing industry. They will be able to tell you what an editor or publisher will look for in a book, dramatically increasing the chances of your work being bought by a particular publisher. Also, each publisher will have certain unique requirements and guidelines which you will need to follow while submitting your work.
Some writers may choose to self-publish their books using book printing services to get rid of the long process of submission associated with any large publishing firm. Although this requires a huge amount of effort dedicated towards marketing and promotion, self-publication helps you save your time and money. Services like digital printing, book binding and on demand publishing help self-publishing writers print their work. Most will find it harder to do than finding an agent or a publisher, yet it is a great option for those who want complete control over their work.
Acutrack’s on-demand publishing allows authors to print a small number of books or even a single copy, whenever there is demand for it. From graphic novels to manuals and health/fitness to autobiography, any genre can be published with on-demand publishing method.