I’ve always wanted to publish a book but don’t really know where to start! I have my story line done and almost completed the rough draft. I plan on revising the rough draft many times to were I think it is perfect. But then where? How do I get it reviewed professionally and after that how can I get it out into the world for people to read?
The best way to get your name out there would be to publish a free book for e-readers like Nook and Kindle.
Then when you know that people like your stuff, you can self publish books for e-readers and make money off of them. I remember reading an article about a college student who is paying off her student loans by doing just that.
Well, I did a quick Google search and I couldn’t find the same person, but here’s another blogger who also publishes his own books: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-make-money-on-ebooks.html
Self-publishing is a great idea, but also a more diluted market because everyone can self-publish. You’ll have to be really REALLY good at marketing yourself too if you want to make substantial income for your work. If you just want it published though, and aren’t too focused on monetary potential–it can be a great option.
If you want a publishing company to pick you up there’s a couple things you have to do:
*Before anything, have as many people read your material as possible and give you honest feedback. If other people aren’t crazy about it, it needs work. You want comments like ‘I couldn’t put it down’ and ‘are you writing a sequel!?’. Not just ‘It was good!’ Sometimes you have to read between the lines, especially with friends.
1. Draft a BADASS and professional quality query letter. You can google it, and see examples too.
2. Absolutely PERFECT the first 15-30 pages of your book. This amount is all you’re going to send in with your query letter. You’re going to want it to count.
3. Send your shit out everywhere, browse craigslist for publisher’s looking for authors, etc.
4. Read blogs/study how other authors got their material published. It’s a lot more work than most people thing, and requires a lot of persistence. And acceptance of rejection.
Hope this helped!
@kwelch5528, What @kidd said, but if you want to go the traditional route my suggestion would be firstly to, while you are working on your book, send off short stories to a local, but well respected, literary journal, to get your name out there. Secondly, read up on story structure and editing, because book publishing firms look for your ability to put the story to together so that the story flows in a coherent and appropriate manner. I know it sounds basic but it takes a lot of work to get right. Thirdly, learn as much as you can about publishing firms and find the one’s that best suit your style and genre. Then send off your completed manuscript to these firms, they will usually have their submission information and guidelines on their websites. They usually ask for an excerpt so chose yours very carefully. Finally there is a famous quote about writing “read, read, read, write, write, write, edit, edit, edit”. Also don’t be let down by rejection, it takes a long time and a lot of hard work to hone your writing skills, but if your determined enough you’ll get there. Plus if you want to be a published writer try not to get hung up on one project. By this I mean don’t wait until you get one book published before moving on, if you think it’s finished, start another before you even hear back from publishing firms. Some advice from one aspiring writer to another. Good luck man, I hope this helps you.