Congratulations! You are thinking about starting your book. That is a good thing, and I am sure you will always look back on this day and be proud. Now you’re thinking about a publisher, as well you should. One thing you need to realize right now, is what exactly a publisher is… a person or a company that prepares and issues book, journals, music or other works for sale. In other words, they work for themselves, not
for you. Keep that in mind for now.
How to get a book published…
I know you have been asking the question, “Do I publish my book?” The answer is yes, you do. If you are a bit older like I am, you know
what it takes to publish a book, or at least what it took back in the day. Once your book was written, the manuscript had to be mailed off. It took the publisher months to read through it, then they would send it back for revisions and changes. Months of headaches and writers’
cramps all for the hopes that you have a best-seller.
We haven’t even talked about money yet. Regular publishers charge you money to print your book. Let’s say you want your book to hit the shelves at Barnes and Noble, a very reputable book store. Barns and Nobel would need X about of books to put in the shelves, and that cost you, on the average, $13.99 each. Of that $13.99, you will make a whopping $1.99 each as they are sold. So, you just started and you are already in the hole X times $12.00! Keep in mind that you are a new writer, and nobody knows you. If you want people to know you, you have to have publicity (book signings, book fairs, etc.) and that all comes out of your pockets. Here is the worst part of all of this… after spending all of this money, only 2% of all authors in the world are considered successful. Wait! Don’t be discouraged… you have to read this
whole article so you can be happy again!
But my book is – the best book ever!
That was the one thing that I had the hardest time learning… no matter how good your book is, and no matter how many people are encouraging you, your opinion is not what matters. Your publisher is in the business to make money.
Did you know that Stephen King’s first big novel, Carrie, was rejected over 30 times? He finally tossed it into the trash can but his wife dug it back out it out. In 2012, he earned $39 million.
John Grisham’s first big novel, A Time to Kill, was rejected 12 times. Last year he earned $26 million.
The first author to become a billionaire, J.K. Rowling, had Harry Potter rejected by over a dozen British publishers. She didn’t even get it into print until the eight-year-old daughter of one of the publishers begged for it!
My point is this: Your publisher does not care what the content of your book is, they only care about sales. If you want to have an expensive publisher and pay lots of money to market your book, that’s all well and good… just remember it’s a gamble. It’s all about timing, trends and what’s on top this week.
Only through coal are diamonds formed.
OK, now that I have given you all this bad news, let’s talk about some more pleasant things. 2018 is the greatest time in history to write
a book. Forget about all those expensive publishers and all the disappointment and heartbreak that comes with them. You have options today that you never had before. Today, it really doesn’t matter about the 98% writer failure rate, because You have options today that you
never had before.
Writing today is not nearly as stressful as it was in the past. You don’t have to have a big office and a huge manuscript that has to be perfect.
Now we have computers, and we can save out work in the blink of an eye. There is no reason you can’t enjoy yourself and write to your heart content without financial worries. If you need a computer, you can buy an excellent computer for writing for less that $200 (see the product reviews tab at the top of the page). All you need is a quiet place to sit and maybe a window to gaze out of.
Once your book is finished, you can run the grammar and spell check program and in minutes you are ready to publish your work… for free!
CreateSpace – a free publisher.
Before I start this part, I want you to know that I do not get paid to advertise for CreateSpace. The only reason I am telling you about it is because I have published nine books through CreateSpace, and I want you and every writer in the country to have the same sense of accomplishment I do… I am a published writer who has books for sale all over the world. Now, I am not rich… I am probably not what some would call a very successful writer. I have not sold millions of copies, although I hear that I am a pretty big hit around the piers and pubs of Scotland.
CreateSpace works like this: You open a free account and enter in your book title. Then it prompts you to design or upload your cover. There is always lots of help available, and if you have questions to ask the experts, they always answer your messages within 24 hours. When your
manuscript is ready, you can simply upload it online, and your digital proof will be ready momentarily for you to look through.
This whole process is self-paced, and nobody forces you to do anything. Once your book is ready, you decide what to do next!
A light in the darkness.
Now your book is done. CreateSpace is part of Amazon, so your book is ready for world-wide distribution immediately. When someone in England orders your book, they pay for it. At that time, it is printed, packaged and shipped to them, at their cost. You never pay a cent, and you decide how much you want to sell it for. That’s it. You don’t pay a dime.
So, there you have it. If you have any questions and all, leave me a comment below. I care about you and your writing.
Now, go and write…