Book publishing is exciting because it means your book is finally going to become "real" and tangible. And when it comes to publishing, there are a number of options for you to look at. Here are five to consider.
Conventional or traditional publishing. You have three choices here: (1) You submit a proposal to a recognized publishing company, (2) you submit a query letter or proposal to a literary agent, or (3) the publisher assigns the book to you as a writer for hire and pays you a set fee. In all cases, the publisher assumes all publishing responsibilities and expenses.
Self-publishing. You take on the publishing responsibilities by forming your own publishing company. As a self-publisher and is addition to all aspects of creating your book, you are responsible for printing, warehousing, marketing and distributing your books.
Print-on-demand (POD) or author services companies. POD is an excellent option if you want to print anywhere from 1 to 500 books at a time. This eliminates the need for sizeable press runs and storage space. Author services companies also offer a variety of publishing packages to authors for a fee.
Independent publishers. These are generally small houses that handle from ten to twenty titles a year and usually specialize in a few selected genres such as African-American literature, spirituality, inspirational, religion, etc.
Electronic publishing. With this option, your book is published as an e-book. It can be self-published and distributed through your and other apporpriate websites.
With the advances in digital printing, the ability to publish a book has never been greater. Despite this, 95% of authors wind up not publishing their book. That means more than 400,000 manuscripts go unpublished each year because when authors get to this point, they simply stop.
[This post was created, with permission, from excerpts taken from How to Write a Nonfiction Book, from planning to promotion is 6 simple steps, written by Bobbi Linkemer. To visit her website, go to http://www.WriteANonfictionBook.com.]