The Process of Publishing a BookProcess of publishing a book
Navigate the publishing process: New Writers' Guide
This is a commentary by Kelli Ballard and Andrea Churchill of Kellan Publishing. So you wrote your book. This may be your first, or the first that you have actually contemplated publishing. Through the development of a fundamental knowledge of the publishing process, you have a better opportunity to become a winning author.
Do you have any idea what the next stage in your script is? When you are already considering to print a copy of your script to be sent to publishers, stop right there because you have gone one too far. Specifically, I knew that my script had to be as flawless as possible before it was sent to a publishing house.
The one who gets his or her hand on my valuable script is looking for the best and most sophisticated work to be published. That is an important finding for the writers. Just think, the reviewers are looking for a small, minute bug to justify rejecting your work. Every kind of grammar mistakes, and your book will lead nowhere in the publishing community.
If an editor sees a flaw in a script he reads and finally judges, it seems like an amateur and grossly slob. You' re trying to show the publishing house that you've worked really really very hard on your work. As a matter of principle, the contents should be complete, error-free and publishable. Publishing houses are not intended to work on your book.
And even if you choose self-publication, which is a big choice in itself, you don't want to appear non-professional by publishing and promoting a book with so many bugs that a reviewer could spend a big one. These include the preparation of a request for information (which will explain why your book is suitable for the publisher), a summary and a sketch.
Once you have completed the most important stage of your script until it is as complete as possible, you can send it in for publication. It is also very, very important to go through the filing process with care. If you cannot obey the directions, a publishing house will not take you seriously as a pro and your relationship with them.
With Kellan Publishing, our entry process is easy. Only new and unpublished works, even self-published ones, are acceptable. At the beginning of the process the writers fill out a brief questionnaire and send their summary and sketch via our website. In the event that the script is approved, the writer receives a treaty.
We have a term of three years, whereby we retain all publishing copyrights, but grant copyrights, and agreements can be extended. Once the agreement has been signed, the writer receives an e-mail with the first document pack to help him with the preparation of the work. Included in this pack are book support policies, information on how to support the book, and documentation that the writer must complete and send back to advertise the book, such as interviews.
When you apply to a more conventional publishing company, the process will be a little different. You have to reformat the script according to the publisher's own personal stylesheet. Every page should contain your name and a page number, and you should return the bulk, untied script to the publishers together with your request for information.
Well, you might wonder what a publishing house is looking for when it reads the script? What's more important, what will make us turn down the work? First and foremost, you have to think about the fact that typing is an artwork, but publishing is a trade. Publishing houses are looking for a script that will be sold.
There are many other book types available on the Internet. If your book is very similar to other ones in the same category, then you can waiting for the store to change to ship it. The publishing houses want to see in your inquiry that you know how to do this. You' ve got to be able to persuade this editor that you know the markets and where your book has a place on the one.
To put it briefly, you must be able to throw and sale your book. Their manuscripts must also fulfil other requirements before they can be seriously taken into consideration for publishing. First of all, the book must be well-penned and appealing. Secondly, the writer must be eligible. When publishers see that you don't have a significant number of fans in the community press, they tell them that you don't have a forum.
A book I suggest is The First Five Pages, which is very instructive about submission of your manuscripts to publishers: Luceman talks about how to make your script different and how to make that clear on the first five pages. If you cannot include the editor - in this case the editor - on the first five pages, it is unlikely that your work will be available for publishing.
While there are many worthwhile textbooks with information on how to highlight your script, in the end you need to make sure you have a history that readers want to have. You should choose to whom you want to deliver your paper before submitting it.
As there are many kinds of publishing houses for new and existing writers, it is important that you research. A number of publishing houses ask you to be cautious. Usually the publishing houses that commission writers to produce a book do just that - they release it and then overlook it.
They have already earned their living with you, so there is no incentive for them to actually do it. You have the enormous job of selling your book. However, other publishers will work with you throughout the entire publishing process. For example, Kellan Publishing argues, "It needs a community of writers to bring up an writer.
" Although we are publishing both printed and printed literature, the approach behind our business is one-of-a-kind. We are not alone in selling their works because they support each other by posting and maintaining them. They are actually part of the process from the very beginning, right through to publishing and beyond.
Over the past few years, the publishing industry has undergone major changes, mainly due to the emergence of the web and electronic music. Writers who have published their book themselves can now even have it published - something that was still hard 20 years ago without having to pay the large sums. Plus, because of the web, anyone can now release a book at no cost.
When you' re going to have someone else release your book, stop. I' m firmly convinced that no writer should ever hire someone to release his book. Kellan Publishing does not levy any authoring fees. As well as pay-for-publish companies, the role of a publishers in author's copy must also be taken into account.
Whilst some publishing houses do not ask you to pay for the publication of the book, they can ask you to buy a certain number of books. From a technical point of view, you're not buying the release, but you are realistic. In the publishing industry, the annual turnover is 35% (Kellan Publishing will pay 50%). Do you also receive the copyrights?
Are you also marketing your book? When an agent of the publishing firm makes you an offer that is not included in the agreement, make sure that it is included in the agreement. While the publishing process varies from publishers to publishers, the comprehension of the peculiarities of publishing in a publishing group can give you an impression of some of the stages you are likely to come across.
Here is the process you can look forward to at Kellan Publishing. As soon as you are on the boat, an editorial staff will work with you to create the right texture and sound for your book. This is followed by the start of work, which involves reformatting, conversion of the book files for various eReader formats and specification, and book jacket and interiors designs.
Kellan Publishing can create your covers for you or, if you choose, send in your own designs. I' ve decided to engage a Wonderburg Creations to make my The Lerewood artwork for a reasonable cost (about 150 US$, but other performers may ask for more - it will depend on how much you are willing to pay and how good the performer is).
When you publish yourself, you will want to hire a good performer to do it. Kellan Publishing sets a release date after all materials are provided by the writer and the book jacket is finished and authorized. Usually the release date is one months, giving the writer enough to work on news release, create a pre-launch celebration, upgrade his website and my account and generally get ready for the big event.
On our website, an authors page is generated that contains the author's biography, photograph and book jacket as well as a link that allows the customer to buy the book when it is out. When the release date has been fixed, the actual work begins: it' s time to start working in the field of market. Publishers make a fortune selling a book, so it' s very important for the book's popularity.
Publishing houses disseminate the words about a book through publicity and promotion and connect you with the press and the interested public. Often you are asked to advertise yourself on site and via local community services to promote bookselling. A further point to note is that publishing houses are not journalists. Whilst most publishing houses (unless they just want your cash for publishing your book) will have some promotion, not all publishing houses are the same.
While some have billions in budget and a flock of journalists on their payrolls to help writers, the vast majority of companies do not have many additional assets and arsenal. The Kellan Publishing team is devoted to conducting effective advertising strategies with the help of the writer. These are some of the email marketplaces we use after a book is out.
We announce the publication of each book by publishing the book artwork and related web sites on our Facebook page and website. Every wk we concentrate on one writer and his book in our blogs (with a contribution on our Facebook page). There will be an authors' interviews, a section example, an introductory talk on the book's characteristics, a trivia test and rebates.
When they are released, all writers make a monthly contribution to their blogs about their book. You can find it on our blogs and facebook page. This book, which will be presented during Autorenfokuswoche, will be part of a free prize draw where supporters can take part to receive a prize. Every year a book of the months is chosen and presented on our website and our Facebook page.
We' re regularly updating our website and Facebook page with bestsellers. This is a free telephone application that includes all our titles, authors' pages, free reading samples and much more. It is a newcomer to Kellan Publishing. Now we need a book traililer for all of them. It will be published on the author's page, in the bookshop (on the book's products page), on our Facebook page, and on the Kellan Publishing blogs if the writer has a weekly blogs posting or is introduced during the Authors Focus Week.
Altough a plurality of purchasers buy on-line, it is also important to get your book in bookshops for the readers preferring to graze the bookshelves. Publishers will also contact book sellers who may be interested in your book and provide proof of advertising and promotional effort to support the sale of the book.
Book purchasers then met with marketing staff, checked a publisher's catalogue and decided whether or not they have the book in-store. Distributors take charge of the orders for the book while overseeing the selling, delivery and e-book platform. Recently one of our writers at Kellan Publishing, Sarah Natale, writer of The Kiss of Déath, exhibited her book at her home Barnes and Noble.
Don't be angry if you can only place your book in a few shops. Target-oriented and high-volume bookselling, where your book is placed in every retail outlet in the state. While you want your book to be available to your public, marketing needs to be meticulously designed.
When your book is not sold, these bookshops will give your book back to the publishers, which can be hazardous if you have too many prints out. This high-bid, low-demand scheme can ruin your authoring careers. Let me be clear, if your first book does not make much money, it is generally more complicated to publish your second book.
Most importantly, it's a great deal of heavy work, and the work doesn't stop for the editor or the writer once a book is out...that was the simple part. Every individual or business can post a book about Amazon, Barnes and Noble or other on-line events.
Admittedly, it's a great deal of work to reformat and setup the book, but once that's done, it's and it' to lean back and allow the sale to arrive, right? When you thought that all your long lessons and all your long work that poured your souls into your script and found a publishers was all you had to do, think again.
Unfortunately, many composers believe that, and many publishing houses work as if it were the truth. In order to be successful, you have to recognize that it is a task to be an editor, and as such it is work. You' re perhaps an award-winning novelist and may even have the next New York Times best-seller just waitin' to be released, but there are many good novelists out there, and if no one sees your work, how will it ever be discover?
The work of an editor begins only with the publication of the book, as this article has underlined. Write blogs and Facebook postings, often tweet, hold and promote book marking sessions, promote, promote.... these are just some of the things you should expect if you want to be active, with or without a publishing house.
The emergence of the web has opened up all kinds of new publishing plattforms and target groups, and the publishing industry has evolved accordingly. There are so many ways it can be a little overpowering to think about how to get the publishing process started. Keep in mind the advices of this blog: do your research, choose your company thoroughly and be ready to selling yourself; this is a hard deal, but you can control it if you are knowledgeable and willing to work on it.
Ms. Ballard is the founding member of Kellan Publishing. A California native and a native of California, she has always been interested in literacy, authoring, editing and publishing. She founded Kellan Publishing because she knows how hard it is to be a novelist, especially in today's high-tech work. In spite of doctors' forecasts after she was found to have a history of fear disorders, Kelli remained a full-time professional while managing her publishing group.
Kelli's mission is to make Kellan Publishing a lucrative and prestigious place for writers and clients. Recently she released her first novel, The Lerewood, a sinister imagination, at Kellan Publishing.