Are you interested in publishing a book? If so, the first step to take involves finding publishers to approach. For many new authors, this is the most overwhelming part of the whole process.
The good news is that there are multiple ways that you can find publishers, but how do you start?
The following are 3 ways that are not difficult or time-consuming and should produce good results for you:
1. Research publishers online
If you already know the names of publishers in your genre, visit their websites to find out what services they offer and the costs of the services. If you do not have names, do a generalized search by using phrases such as, "science fiction book publishers" or "publishers of poetry collections."
Study the websites carefully and look to see whether the company:
- Helps authors to promote their books
- Provide editing, proofreading, book formatting, or other related services
- Has guidelines, restrictions, and other rules for writers
- Has detailed information on current books, including photos and short descriptions
- Displays pricing for its services
- Has contact information (mailing address, email address, phone number)
Doing online research will go a long way in helping you get your work published.
2. Printed Resources
A number of printed resources are available to help you find information on publishers. Among the most popular printed resources are the Writer's Market books. These books are developed for a number of different genres, including children's books, novels, and short stories. Some of the sections in the books include:
- Listings of book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, literary agents
- Contests and awards
- Submission requirements
- Articles on the business and promotion of writing
Writer's Market books range from $20-$26 and are also available in e-book format. The books are also available at libraries.
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3. Literary Agents
If you hope to have well-known traditional publishers to handle your book, then contact a literary agent. Some traditional publishers will only work through literary agents. So, Some publishers will only accept manuscripts from a literary agent and not directly from authors
Most literary agencies have great websites that display the agents' names, photos, and genres of interest. Literary agents will help you find the perfect publisher for your book and do a large percentage of the research for you.
Something to consider: A literary agent charges a fee. So, before you enlist the services of a literary agency, ask about the cost to determine if you want to take this route.
Find The Way That Is Best for You
Another way of finding publishers is simply asking previously published authors for recommendations. Ask them about their experiences, the costs, services, and overall satisfaction with the company.
As you can see, there are several ways to find publishers. And, as for which approach is best for you will depend on your own preferences
Doing your due diligence in researching publishers will help you find a publisher that will be the perfect fit for you and your book.
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