You’ve written a book. Now what?
Congratulations! It’s taken monumental effort, but your book is finally written and edited. Now it’s time to get it into print (hard cover, soft cover and/or e-book), but that may seem easier said than done. The following information can help.
You can go one of two routes:
- Traditional book publishing route
- Query a literary agent
- Sign with a brick and mortar publisher (fingers crossed)
- Self-publishing route
- Print on demand
- Offset printing
These book publishing options are discussed below.
Traditional Book Publishing Route
If you want your book published through a traditional brick and mortar publisher, you’ll need to pitch your book to a literary agent. It takes time, research and lots of effort to determine which agents represent your genre. Then you’ll make dozens and dozens of queries until someone shows interest.
Your literary agent will attempt to get your book in front of top-tier, second-tier or possibly third-tier publishers. I recommend the Writer’s Digest Blog for great advice on the process. If you need help writing a query letter, I can help.
Self Publishing Route
E-Books: Considering the popularity of Nook, Kindle, and other reading devices, electronic books are on the radar of authors and readers alike. E-books are digital versions of print text which must be properly formatted through MOBI for Amazon Kindle, and through EPUB for everything else. Some authors format their own e-books, while others hire a book formatter to “get it right.”
Print on demand: In the past, authors had little hope of getting published unless a traditional publisher signed them, but today we have other publishing options that include print on demand. Resources like Smashwords, Amazon’s CreateSpace, and IngramSpark allow authors to self publish with great success without worrying about their backlists, inventory, packaging and postage.
Boutique publisher recommendation: If you need a suggestion for a boutique book formatter and publisher, I recommend suburbanbuzz.com. I do a lot of writing and editing for this company and have referred several of of my book editing and ghost writing clients for the following:
- Book cover design
- Book formatting for Nook, Kindle, iPad, Smashwords
- Createspace and Amazon page
- Website or landing page with social media and “buy now” links.
- Business cards, posters, book marks, marketing swag
“Melanie’s book editing skills are phenomenal. My clients love her!” ~ Holly Chervnsik, Houston, TX, owner of SuburbanBuzz Marketing and SuburbanBuzz Publishing
Offset printing is another publishing option. Offset printers are not the publishers—you are.
There are times when it makes perfect sense to use an offset printing service, which involves lithography and a commercial printing process (the same process used by major brick and mortar publishers). For runs of 1,000 or more books, offset printing is generally more economical. Authors who have a lot of pre-sales, web sales and book tours can benefit from offset printing. The quality is often superior to other forms of publishing, especially for books that include color images, photos, and drawings.
Offset printer recommendation: I recommend Gorham Printing for self-publishing authors. The family-owned company has been serving authors since 1976 and is large enough to handle quantities up to 2000, but small enough that you won’t get lost in the process. Read the testimonials here.
“Editors we recommend: Melanie Saxton is a professional, widely published writer and editor specializing in book editing and ghost-writing assignments.” ~ Gorham Printing, Centralia, WA