Writing and publishing a book is not an undemanding venture. The transition between the solitude of the creative process, and exposing your book to the world can be torturous. But you are determined! If you’ve gotten this far, it’s because you deserve it, and you should keep your eyes on the prize. Know that if you put enough dedication, patience and persistence to this project, you and your creative mind can accomplish the mission.
If you want to publish a book traditionally, here are 5 steps that will help you through this journey:
- Set your book’s genre.
Assuming the book is already complete, you can narrow it down to a subset of possible genres. List anything that could describe a part of the book. However if you don’t feel convinced about your list, you should try looking up similar books, whether it’s online or walk by your nearest bookstore, and see how they classify genres. Some of the most common genres are: Novels, fiction, fantasy, erotica, memoirs, romance, horror, inspirational, etc., just to mention a few. It’s also a good idea to consider your target audience, by doing this, you will identify the main public that you think will be interested in your work.
- Prepare your materials.
The manuscript formatting is so important that if this is not according to their specific rules, publishers reject them without even looking at the overall idea. Besides publishing services, formatting is just one of the services that Detroit Ink Publishing offers. If you want to browse our services, all you have to do is click here. Your goal is to make things easier for the publisher, so you need to build a proposal and a query letter.
-Query letter: is a one page sales pitch that provides a short description of your project. You need to put the same care into crafting and polishing your query as you did with your manuscript.
-Synopsis: is a brief overview of the story and character development of your book in a narrative manner.
-Book proposal: It takes a huge effort to create a good book proposal, but it is one of the most important aspects . But before you write it, you need to do it according to your type of book.
- Nonfiction proposal: introduces book agents and publishers through the biography section. It traditionally includes: Overview, target audience, about the author, competitive titles, marketing and promotion, detailed table of contents and sample chapters.
- Fiction book proposal: A fiction book proposal is really just a longer version of a query letter. It traditionally includes: About the book and target market, competition, biography and finally marketing and publicity. A well written proposal helps publishers judge how appealing is the subject and whether is marketable.
- Find a publisher.
Look for the best, the ideal publisher is one that is connected to your gear, is enthusiastic about your work and will help you decide which channels could best fit for your book, and show you what things you need to improve on your manuscript before you publish your book. We have worked with all kind of authors and genres, you can visit our Books Page to see it yourself.
- Submitting your material
Once everything is ready, you can submit your work to a publisher. In our case, before we accept a manuscript to be published, we take the time to review each of our client’s projects to determine if the book is ready (digital and/or printed formats.) It is important to pay attention to the recommendations of your publisher to make this whole process easier and faster as possible for you and the publisher.
If everything is okay and you cooperate with your publisher in a timely manner, you will have your title published soon. This process can be a little overwhelming for first-timers. Luckily, we are here to help you with your project. If you have questions about our services or need help to create an eBook or a printed version of your manuscript, please visit our contact page. We will be glad to hear from you.