Publishing your book might be your lifetime dream. If so, then you share the same dream with eighty percent of Americans. This statistic was from a recent survey. It is quite baffling as the National Endowment for the Arts reported that, in the last twelve months, only 57 percent of Americans have read a book.
There must be an underlying reason for the desire of people, including non-readers, to write a book. What compels you to dream of publishing your book? Probably, you wish to acquire fame and wealth. Or maybe, you aspire to earn other people’s respect. Perhaps it is your wish to leave a legacy that future generations can view as a record of the life you lived. Irrespective of your reason, the odds of actually publishing your book are slim.
Why Publishing Your Book is Unlikely?
Excuse the pessimism but it is not out of sheer cynicism. Records show that there are only 64,000 publishers of record while there are about two million completed manuscripts by aspiring authors. In addition, only a small portion of the publishers are actively seeking for manuscripts to be published. That being said, can you see now why publishing your book will prove as a challenge?
What Steps Can You Take to Accomplish Publishing Your Book?
Cleary, the facts are working against your dream of publishing a book. Like millions of other hopeful authors, you can still hold on to your aspiration.
Firstly, you can increase the chances of publishing your book by ensuring that your manuscript is as perfect as it can be. Rewrite, edit, and proofread your manuscript repeatedly until you find no errors anymore. Afterward, ask a well-read and literate colleague or a professional firm to read and proofread your manuscript.
Even if your manuscript attains its best form, publishing your book is still improbable as traditional publishers are really selective. Authors who are accepted by traditional publishers are not necessarily the finest writers. To be selected, you must have the ability to sell yourself and your ideas persuasively.
The process of publishing your book will involve a number of rejections. Because of these rejections, some authors become desperate that they suffer from vanity publishers who extort unreasonable publication fees. Be cautious of vanity publishers; they will take advantage of your dream of publishing your book at your expense.
There is still hope though. Publishing a book can still come true through companies like Lulu and iUniverse. As a downside, your book will not enjoy wide distribution. But they can minimize the losses and expenses of publishing your book.
You can also become a publisher yourself like what few wishful authors do, just to self-publish their own work. This path will present significant obstacles and will involve a great deal of hardwork. If you choose this path, you will be energized by the fact that your own victory or defeat entirely depends on your persistence. Self-publishers can publish electronically or utilize a short run printing service similar to that of Lightning Source. Again, if you choose this path, you would still need to convincingly sell your book.
Conventional Publishing versus Self-publishing
A debate on which method of publishing is better has been going on for years. This is no different from the debate on electronic publishing versus printed publishing. The answer ultimately lies on you, the author. Consider your resources and conditions. For instance, self-publishing will demand money and time, but in the long run will earn you more earnings. On the other hand, employing the services of a publisher will consume less time, but will forfeit some of your royalties.
In publishing a manuscript, prepare by educating yourself with the ins and outs of the industry including potential drawbacks and scams. Publishing your book is a complicated journey that would require determination and persuasion skills if you are to succeed.