Writing Tips: 11 Great Tips to Finally Publish Your Book
How to get ready to publish a book
1. Decide how you want to publish your book
You can publish your book in more than one way. You can choose to publish through self-publishing or through traditional publishing. Within these two options, you also have the choice between a small press or a large publisher when it comes to traditional publishing.
And if you’re going with self-publishing, you have options between e-book, paperback, or hardcover.
It is important to decide early on which one you want to go with. Because this will determine how you will go about certain steps in the process.
Both self-publishing and traditional publishing have their pros and cons. Some of the pros of traditional publishing are that you don’t have upfront costs or less. And you can be sure of selling more books. But on the other hand, with self-publishing, you are in complete control of your book, and you can publish faster.
There are many pros and cons to both options. But in the end, every author needs to look at what’s best for them.
2. Create an eye-catching title
The title and the cover of your book are the first things people see from your book. You need to make sure that you give your book an exciting title, one that will grab people’s attention.
Keep your title short and interesting. Also, try to make sure it is a title that will be easy to search, not one that already exists for tons of other books.
It’s possible that you already have a title in mind when you’re in the writing phase of your book, but don’t be afraid to change it.
My first book had a different title when I was writing it. But after I finished it and received feedback on the title, I reconsidered it. And after thinking for a long time, I decided that the current title was a better representation of my book and more interesting.
Sometimes you can create a better title after the story is finished. So, keep that in mind.
3. Format your manuscript the correct way
Before you upload your manuscript or submit it to a literary agent, you should format your manuscript professionally. This means your pages need to be numbered, chapters need headers, the text needs to be aligned, etc.
Suppose you’re submitting your manuscript to a literary agent. In that case, it helps a lot if your manuscript is formatted and easy to read. If your pages have a number and your chapters have a heading.
If you’re self-publishing, you’ll need to do more than that. You’ll need to make sure your manuscript is entirely ready to upload for publishing. You can do this in many ways. You can pay someone, or you can do it yourself with special software paid or for free, which I did.
It can be a little bit overwhelming in the beginning, but it isn’t impossible. Kindle direct publishing makes this step so much easier by giving you instructions every step of the way. With their instructions, you can format your manuscript entirely in MS word for free. They explain every step with text and a short video.
Before we continue…
In this post, we’ll focus more on self-publishing from here on. But when it comes to traditional publishing, the next step after you have formatted your manuscript correctly is to start looking for a literary agent.
You’ll need to pitch your story to a couple of literary agents by sending in query letters. If one decides to work with you, they will try to get your book in front of publishers. The following steps will be taken care of by your publisher.