Publishing

Publishing


So you’ve finished rewriting your book. You’ve had an appraisal, an edit, and you’ve done the proofreading. Now it’s time to discuss publishing.

A while ago, I wrote a post about 5 Things That Happen After You’ve Typed THE END, and since then I’ve received many questions about all the steps and processes. I thought it may be worthwhile to explore each step in a little more detail. In previous posts, we covered Step 2: The Appraisal, Step 3: The Edit, and Step 4: Proofreading. In this post we look at Step 4: Publishing.

Which Publication Path Will You Choose?

Publication paths and the routes available to authors are more varied than ever. In this post we will start investigating the publication process. In subsequent posts, we will look at self-publishing and traditional publishing in more depth. (Sign up for our newsletter to get our Daily Writing Links, and you won’t miss out on any of our posts.)

The Great Divide

The writing world always seems to be divided in half: plotters vs pantsers, over-writers vs under-writers, and self-publishing vs traditional publishing. All you need to do is ask your Facebook friends for advice and you’ll see that both camps are equally passionate about their choices and determined to convert you to their cause.

In the upcoming weeks we will look at both traditional publishing and self-publishing, but in this post I want to talk about standing your ground and making the right choice for you. It’s a big choice. Take your time. Don’t let anyone bully you.

Your Publishing Choices

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

1) No One Can Tell You What To Do

As a beginner author the choices are overwhelming. You may have decided right at the beginning which route you prefer and that is great. Stick to your choices, but, if you are undecided, many writers will make it seem like there is only one option. Remember: it is your book. Only you can decide what works for you. What worked for your spouse, your BFF, or your writing teacher may not be ideal for you.

2) All The Processes Have Pros And Cons

There is no prefect solution regardless of what another person will tell you. They made the best decision for them at that given time in those particular circumstances. It may or not have worked out for them. Learn from their experience, but do what is right for you.

3) Do Your Research

A simple Google search will yield thousands of results. You will find that companies that offer publication services, agents that all but promise publication, and vanity publishers who promise millions, lurk everywhere. Be careful. Do your research. Make sure what you are getting into. There are many scams in operation.

4) Check Your Budget

There are costs involved with all the processes. Before you submit to a traditional publishers you’ll pay for an edit, at least. With self-publishing, you’ll pay for several processes. Can you afford it?

5) The Money Or The Message?

Some writers only want to share their story.  Other writers want to make a profit. Others want to do both. What is your goal with this story? Make sure your plan and the advice you follow reflects your goal.

The Final Word

To summarise, this is your book and you have to choose the path. Make sure you do your research and that you decide on a path that you are comfortable with and that you can afford.

In the next few post we will discuss self-publishing. We will talk about the pros and cons, the costs, the possible profits and everything else you haven’t even thought to ask.

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This article has 3 comments

  1. Morgen Marshall

    For fiction, I think working toward a traditional publishing deal is the best way to start. Spend the time to get the book right, then start shopping it around publishers and agents. I found that duotrope is a good way to find someone.

    If, after a year, you still haven’t found someone to publish your book, maybe take it to a developmental editor or put it away. Start another project. Just KEEP WRITING no matter what.

    If you decided to edit and go self-publishing after that, there are many “print on demand” services today which take a lot of the costs out of your budget so you don’t have to pay for it upfront. There are still a lot of decisions to be made, so take your time.

    If you aren’t sure about a self-publisher, check out “writers beware” which is a blog about unpleasant things that can happen in self-publishing and vanity publishing. Without a clue, you might sign away all your rights, so really, get an attorney!

    I made my own publishing company and got my own ISBN numbers, so I kept all my rights, and self-published my work. That might be the way for you, too.

    • Mia Botha

      Thank you for sharing, Morgan. We’ll discuss all of this in detail in the upcoming weeks.

  2. Stacey

    Im writing a poetry book and any good and solid advice is welcome..I have a low to no budget.

    Thank you.

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