How to Get a Book Published

16 Jan

Once upon a time, you used to have to get some bigwig at a publishing house to notice your manuscript for you to have any prayer of seeing it in print…

Thankfully, those days are gone.

Sure, there are people (mostly from the old-school publishing industry) that turn up their noses at the idea of self-publishing, but thanks to technology and the ever-loving power of the Internet, self-publishing is not only possible but also easy and more lucrative.

Here’s what you need to get a book published:

  1. Content. You can either write a book yourself or hire a writer to do it, which is called ghostwriting. (It’s true: you don’t even have to WRITE your own book in order to get your book published.)
  2. Perfectly edited content. Your book has to be edited. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to do this or, at the very least, make sure several other people read it to search for typos, poorly-worded sentences, grammatical errors, etc.
  3. A ready-to-print PDF file. Unlike traditional publishing methods, in which the publisher will create your book layout for you, self-publishers have to DIY. If you’re decent at creating PDFs, you can do this yourself; otherwise get a pro to do it.
  4. A book cover in PDF. Again, your publisher won’t do this for you; you have to create your own book cover. If you don’t have graphic design skills, never fear: a lot of online self-publishers have easy-to-use tools that allow you to create your cover art yourself, with minimal brain power required.
  5. A self-publishing company. Check out companies like CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu, etc. There are tons of them out there. Be sure to choose one that has lots of distribution channels so you can get your book in front of the largest online audiences.

Need help with any of the steps above? I can help you get your book from teeny-tiny idea to a printed masterpiece. Tell me about your brain child here.

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