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What Are My Book Publishing Options?

By Bobbi Linkemer

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 That means more than 400,000 manuscripts go unpublished each year because when authors get to this point, they simply stop.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 stepswritten by Bobbi Linkemer. To visit her website, go to http://www.WriteANonfictionBook.com.]


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