You dreamed all your life of writing a book; you spent countless hours writing and critiquing your manuscript. Finally your manuscript is complete, but you don’t know what to do next. I understand because two years ago, I wrote my first book; however, prior to publication, I was perplexed on how to get the final product, a book with my name appearing as author.
I went to a local non- profit library to obtain listings of literary agencies, however, I became discouraged when the librarian explained how her son waited for years for a publisher to publish his work. She explained how challenging it was for him even after hiring a literary agent. In spite of the agent’s efforts, the only responses he received were letters rejecting his manuscript.
I knew an aspiring writer who written several children literature, so I appealed her assistance. She explained I needed a literary agent, and went on to lecture me how writing a book was a process and it takes years to get a book published. This was after I told her my goal was to have a published book over the next six months. She suggested I search self publishing companies on the website. She wished me luck and left briskly as I stood there perplexed.
I remained clueless. One of my siblings, who has exceptional writing skills, had been writing over ten years preparing to have his first book published. He hired a subsidiary publisher, and I might add he paid a substantial sum of money. I did not understand what subsidiary publishing was versus true self- publishing. The following tips will guide you as you prepare to have your manuscript published. It is important to understand the difference between “Self- Publishing versus Subsidiary Publishing.”
Self- publishing: The author is responsible for the total cost of publication, storage, and marketing. The advantage of self-publishing is all rights of the book remains with the author, the completed book and all proceed of sales. Finally, self -publishing may also prove cost-effective because of the autonomy the author has in promoting all aspect of services rather than accepting select services as a package.
Subsidiary Publishing: The book is owned by the publisher and remains the property of the publisher. The author receives royalties for copies sold, and most subsidiaries publisher keep a portion of the rights from any book sold and selective in choosing books to publish. The author pays for printing cost and fees such as cover design, marketing and promotion. The author may have minimal control over cover design, but may be given a choice of various packages of services.
Choosing to self -publish versus utilizing a subsidiary publisher can be expensive. For that reason, it takes careful planning and budgeting. The major expense is marketing the book that begins prior and after publication. Whether you choose to self-publish or hire a subsidiary publisher; it is important for you to be familiar with the following expenses associated with writing a book.
ISBN (International Standard Book Number): This is a unique number that identifies the book (the title). It is necessary especially if you desire to have the book placed on the library shelf, and it is essential if you plan to placed the book on the shelves in bookstores; moreover, bookstores’ data base listings are arranged by the ISBN.
Copyright: This is a protection for you to claim the original work of ownership, and it is a law of the United States.
Library of Congress: The research library of the United States Congress located Washington DC. It is impressive to have your book registered with the LOC and a good marketing strategy.
Proofing line item: This is critical to ensure each page is grammatically correct and there are no spelling errors.
Marketing: The most expensive component of writing a book, and the expense can be more than the cost of publishing the book. Having a well-planned marketing plan is critical in determining amount of royalties you will earn.
Printing: The cost of printing can be almost expensive as marketing based on the price per unit. Printing copies after the book is released is essential as you plan for local book signings.