My dream of having a book published came true, so I thought discussing the successful steps I took might help others achieve results. Things in today’s world are different now then in 1985 when my book entitled How To Save Money On Your Grocery Bill was published. The competition is greater, plus eBooks and technology is way different. However, the concepts and aspirations that worked for me should still apply today. Keep in mind that unless you are a celebrity having a book published will probably not make you rich. The real joy comes from this accomplishment of being published and recognized that most people never experience.
A Passion For Getting Published
Family influence is a great thing in anyone’s life, and I was surrounded by a family that had books published. My father and mother became published authors. My brother works in a publishing house. However, my grandmother was the person that gave me a passion to write a book. This passion is the first step to have a book published.
After she retired my grandmother went to college and became an artist and writer. She did beautiful paintings and wrote several books of poetry that were published. She left me her typewriter. That inspired me to write. For those of you too young to know what a typewriter is, this device means you must type each page written and can only save or correct your work on paper.
Publishing A Book Takes Research
I was a manager of a supermarket, so my research from my book came from experience and remembering store training courses. After researching and writing the book, my next step was to research publishers. The first thing I did was buy a copy of Writer’s Market. This gives a list of most all reputable book publishers.
The publishers I choose were all small ones, as I knew my chances were better there. I sent out over 20 query letters, which were mastered by reading sources like Writers Digest, which I recommend. As it turned out, the second publisher I sent a query letter to requested a manuscript and published my book. Of course, this took a lot of time and many queries and manuscripts went out over a period of about a year.
The Reality Being Published
In order to get a book published it takes persistence and great desire. With step one I had that passion and motivation that drove me to keep trying and not give up. This step also took faith and prayer. Step two took more time when I was published then it would now. The term snail mail is true compared to today’s queries and manuscripts going by email.
Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Market are available on line now for greater efficiency. Sources such as Yahoo directories will break down publishers into specialties very easily. If I had not found a publisher my next option would have been to self publish. Today an eBook is even more efficient.
What made it really worth it to me to have my book published was that my hometown newspaper featured me on their front page. That edition brought me great pride to show my family and friends. I did not get rich off of the book, but the reality to get my book published is priceless.