How to get Published
Getting your book published does not need to be a life long task filled with rejection and failure. Choosing the right type of publisher for your needs is the first step. Self-publishing will take a little more patience and research, but is often a great option for new authors to get their names out there, or if you just want to publish the family cookbook.
There are hundreds of self-publishing sites; Createspace, Smashwords and Bookbaby are three of many options. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but overall they do the same thing at a competitive price. Be wary of up-front costs. Self-publishing can be done with no out of pocket cost. These sites earn their money by taking a small percentage of your book sales for themselves. These fees called royalties range depending on the site you choose, your book length and format. Typically, a self-publisher takes between 30 and 40 percent. There are advantages and disadvantages to being self-published. You are guaranteed publication; there is no denial process for self-published authors. You also earn much higher royalties compared to a trade published. For most people the fact that you will be published no matter what makes this an appealing choice. The disadvantages however, may discourage some. Self-published writers must pay for editing, book covers, marketing and any other aspects of developing their book out of their own pocket. If you are well connected, you may be able to do this free or at a low cost, the internet offers many ways to reduce these fees.
Using a major publisher, you will need a book agent. Finding one can be easy, or nearly impossible; GoodBooksToday.com has a list of literary agents who may help you. Sending a manuscript right to the publisher, this is futile as only submissions through a book agent are even looked at; other manuscripts are thrown away, unopened.
Major publishers are best for those hoping to be the next Stephen King or J.K Rowling. There are no out of pocket costs, marketing will be handled for you and distribution is quicker and done on a much larger scale. While the advantages are tantalizing many people, the disadvantages have left many an author broken-hearted. There is a very slim chance of being signed by a publisher to being with. Once you are signed you lose a good deal of creative control, you must be open to changes to your book or it may be rejected, even at this stage. You also earn less per book this way; major publishers will take a larger cut, some up to 80 percent.
No matter how you do it you can get rich, there are thousands of authors who used major publishers, these are the names you commonly hear on the news and radio. However, media outlets are quickly recognizing self-publishers. Authors such as Amanda Hocki made over one million dollars before she turned twenty-one using self-published books.