How to Publish Your Book in the New Age Market

Do you have a unique insight on spiritual self-help information, instructions and ideas? Looking to get published? Here's some great tips and hints to succeed!

Steps

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    Choose a subject with market potential. Research popular writers, writing styles and "hot" topics.
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    Determine the subject for which you're best qualified to write. Find one that's fresh and motivates you to write with passion.
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    Request guidelines for writers from publishers who may be most interested in your book.
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    Create an effective title. While you are at it, work on a few additional titles as back-ups.
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    Complete your proposal and samples, carefully following guidelines. Present your book proposal in a unique fashion.
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    Proofread the proposal, sample and cover letter. You need to capture a publisher's attention typically within 30 seconds, so make those first few words POP!
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    Keep a detailed list of the publishers to whom you send materials, the dates material was sent and the names of contact persons. Follow up after approximately 3 months unless the writer's guide indicates otherwise. Keep track of all rejections and responses for future reference.
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    Develop an on-going relationship with any acquisitions persons or editors who reply personally (i.e. you get a letter that's not the standard rejection).
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    Provide changes, more samples and other information the publisher requests in a reasonable amount of time, preferably before stated deadlines.
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    Get a lawyer or other professional to review any contract offered, comparing it to industry standards.
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    Prepare and submit your manuscript within the time frame stipulated in your contract.
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    Answer queries and provide revisions as needed throughout the editing process.

Tips

  • Publishing houses won't look at manuscripts without agents. Try a revolutionary site like www.lulu.com to self publish, or www.webook.com, where users vote which projects will get published.
  • Make sure you use the correct amount of postage. The publisher isn't going to pay for a packet with insufficient postage.
  • Use good quality stationery for your cover letter. Include a business card. Even if the publisher says "no". if they like your style, your business card may be a reminder for a future contact.
  • Gauge your skills. Not every expert should be a writer. If you lack writing skills, hire an editor to help you achieve your goal.
  • Ask questions! No one expects you'll be a publishing expert overnight. It is essential you, your editor and publisher understand one another.
  • Write what you know, a critical factor in writing self-help material.

Warnings

  • Publishers who say "no submission without agent" mean it. You will be wasting time and money by contacting them without a suitable representative.
  • Avoid books likely to have high production costs.
  • Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. An offer means nothing until you have a written contract.
  • Send yourself a sealed, dated copy of your writing or manuscripts the same day you send it to a publisher(s) to provide copyright and intellectual property protection.
  • Avoid cliches and passive voice in your writing.

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