Have you completed your manuscript and are confused about how to publish a book? Firstly, bravo on having completed your first book. I know that takes a lot of time and energy to accomplish.
Now that you have a completed book in hand, it’s time for the follow-through. Honestly, that’s where a lot of people fall short. Your book can’t sit on your computer forever. It’s a communication others wish to read.
It’s time to publish your book!
Two ways to publish a book
One of the top questions I routinely receive is, “How do I publish a book?” It’s a popular query. To simplify things a bit, you have two real options:
- Find an agent, who will help you find a publisher.
- Self-publish your book.
So, how do you know which is the best option for you?
If your story has been featured heavily in the news for the last few months or you are a top celebrity, you probably want to hire an agent and find a publisher. It won’t be hard and you might get an advance (money paid by the publisher when the contract is signed, which is paid against future sales of your book). They will take over the publishing process for you, so all you really need to worry about is writing your book.
However, if you fall into the category that most people do, where you have an excellent fiction or nonfiction book concept, but you aren’t a household name, you’re probably better off self-publishing your book. You can always try to find a publisher, but they will need to see that you have an excellent marketing plan with a proven track record in sales before they will invest with you.
Self-publish your book
Many people don’t realize that publishers expect their authors to help them sell their books. Authors need to be out there, very visibly, making an impact with their readers. Action is key.
Today, self-publishing is a good, viable option.
When you self-publish, you will need to market and sell your book on your own. Here are a few tips:
- Read up on how to self-publish and market your book.
- Create a website to promote your book.
- Attach a blog to your website and blog as often as you can.
- Guest blog on relevant sites.
- Ask people to review your book and post these reviews on their blogs and Amazon.com.
- Always keep copies of your book in your car so you can sell them when the opportunity arises.
It’s also a good plan to set up avenues for selling your book. Some people do a lot of public speaking and lectures, while others hold book-signings. There are various options. Get creative with it and enjoy the process!
If you haven’t written your book yet, that’s your first step. What are you waiting for? Get started now!
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