Traditional Publishing

How to publish a book
How to publish a bookEvery aspiring writer plans to publish their books and make an impact n the market as well as the literary world. In this regard, it is important that one understands the concept that influences the publishing of a book. It is not enough to publish a book, it is also imperative that the book sells and earns the author some financial benefits. There are important elements that should be given cognizance by all writers who are interested in publishing their books.

For authors who have novels and memoirs completed the next step is to approach an editor or a publishing agent. Caution however is expressed over sharing the ideas on the novel with third party before it is ready for publishing yet. This caution is aimed at insulating the author from intellectual theft. At this stage the work is not yet patented. For the factual writers, it is important to undertake proper market research and even draft the book proposal and submit it to publishers who would then contract the author to pen the book.

Common materials you’ll be asked for when submitting your work to an agent or publishing house :

* Query letter. This is a one-page pitch letter that gives a brief description of your work.
* Novel synopsis. This is a brief summary (usually no more than one or two pages) of your story, from beginning to end. It should reveal the ending.
*  Nonfiction book proposal. These are complex documents, usually twenty to thirty pages in length (minimum).
*  Novel proposal. This usually refers to your query letter, a synopsis, and perhaps the first chapter. There is not an industry-standard definition of what a novel proposal is.
* Sample chapters. When sending sample chapters from your novel or memoir, start from the beginning of the manuscript. For nonfiction, usually any chapter is acceptable.

The viability of the book should also evaluated before publishing the book. Every genre is expected to have given sales numbers and hence every author ought to consider the genre, for instance, thrillers, romance novels, crime novels normally record the highest sales. The quality of the writing will also have a big impact especially when you want to go the traditional publishing way. Additionally, the author should check if he or she has the need for an agent who would take him through the rigors of publishing. The presence of an agent can be an added advantage majorly because of the connections that the agents may have in the publishing world.

It is important that an author also investigates the available publishing options in the market. The choice of a publisher will be dependent on the genre that the author has chosen. Most publishers have their specific genres although there are those who have not specialized. At this point, it is imperative that the author picks on the publisher that has the potential of meeting the author’s goals for the given work. The quality that the author expects should also influence the choice of the publishing house.

Before settling on a given publisher, the author is required to understand the guidelines for the submission of drafts for the publishing house that has been selected. Most publishers always request for query letters, synopses, book proposal for non-fiction books as well as sample chapters for novels and memoirs.

The material should then be submitted to the editor or agent at the publishing house. Every author who reaches this stage should expect anything from the editors; the material can be accepted, rejected or even additional requests can be made by the editor or agent. This is the real test for patience and no author should despair at this point.