Need advice on publishing a book

by Cagefighter 4 Replies latest jw friends

  • Cagefighter

    First, thanks to those that read the first drafts of the first parts of Chapter 1 yesterday. I appreciate the comments it was very motivated. I actuallly finished a complete first chapter and gave it a good edit last night. Stayed up till 3 am.. LOL..

    Is there anyone with any real knowledge of the publishing world that can give me advice? Any and all welcome. I don't want to junk up the board with my writings so if anyone really wants to read the complete chapter 1 you can pm me and I will email it or add you on FB where I am releasing it chapter by chapter every couple of days (after a good edit).


  • sacolton

    Check out ... alot of people get their books published there.

  • Cagefighter

    Thanks SA

  • tec

    If you want to publish it for real, don't post it chapter by chapter on Facebook. Keep it for yourself until you're ready in whole. If you just want to write and share you're writing, then go ahead.

    But you have different ways to go about publishing for real, depending on what you want out of it.

    There is self-publishing - I agree with SAColten - lulu is a great site. (You pay the publishing fees - and this is mostly to have the book in hand, and sell it or give it in smaller quantities. There are exceptions to that.)

    There is e-publishing. Some sites are very particular, some sites don't care as much about the quality. (Got to research) (This will get you published around the internet or on booksellers like amazon. You can definitely get a fan base here, and some extra cash)

    There is traditional publishing - these are the books in the bookstores. (fan base and cash here, but it takes longer)

    First thing you want to do is write the book.

    When you've written and are ready to publish, make sure your genre is identified. Horror, sci-fi, romance, mystery, or contemporary fiction, etc.

    Then you find the publishing places that publish your genre of book.

    Its a lengthy process to get started, but well worth it.

    Also - you can self publish e-books with amazon, and upload them directly onto their Kindle (e-book reading device). That's getting popular.


  • brizzzy

    I've got a memoir coming out next year. You need to write up a proposal to send to potential agents/publishers (better to get an agent if you can; they can negotiate the best deal for you). Proposal needs to be 20-30 pages and include stuff like a summary, marketing plan, promotion ideas/tactics, etc. And then on top of it they generally want you to include a couple of sample chapters - maybe 50 pages or so of material. The whole thing took me a couple of weeks to put together. You don't have to have the entire book written before finding an agent/publisher. A good 50+ pages is an excellent start and should be more than enough to give them an idea of what you're all about, and whether they want to work with you.

    You can find sample book proposals online. You pretty much need to have one if you want to try and work with major publishing houses, and potential agents will at least want to see sample material before they'll agree to take you on. Even if you're lucky like I was, and have an agent take you on without a proposal already in hand, they will need you to put one together for them to send to the publishing houses. A good agent will help walk you through this process.

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