Your all excited about finally finishing your manuscript. Now comes the hard part, finding a publisher that’s a good fit for you. Don’t make the mistake that a lot of writers like me have done, and sign up with a publisher because they tell you what you want to hear, or, they can get your book published fast. Do some research about the company first. Then, when you are sure they are the right fit for you and your manuscript ask them these questions before you sign that contract.
- 1. Do you charge for publishing my book?
Some people think you should never pay to get something published, but I look at it this way. If it means that I have to pay someone to publish my work so the world can see my talent, then that’s what I’ll do. With this type of publishing I like the fact that you can start making money from the very first sale of your book- you don’t have an advancement to worry about.
- 2. How will you promote my book?
Each publishing company is different so make sure you know ahead of time how they will promote your book. The three things to remember here are – how, when and where.
- 3. Do I have to pay for these promotions?
Some publishers will charge you if they submit your book for consideration to a movie studio or if they want to advertise your book at one of their conferences. Find out all costs to you before you sign that contract. I’m always looking for free ways to promote my books. Doing a web search will usually give you some ideas of places online you can promote your book for free.
- 4. What will my cost be to order books to sell?
Make sure you are not charged shipping per book. If they charge you shipping per book, this can make your price on what you sell the book a little high. So for a newbie author like me, I want to keep the sell price down so I can sell my books.
- 5. Will you send my book out for reviews?
Sometimes you have to do this yourself. If that’s the case, I suggest doing it as soon as you can get some copies of your book. I have found through personal experience that reviewers want your book as soon as it’s published- so don’t wait on your publisher to make the time to do this for you. If you have the books, do a web search to find a reviewer that works with your type of book. Check their submission guidelines before you submit anything.
Through trial and error I have published two books. By learning from my mistakes, hopefully my third book will be published without any problems.