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How do you publish a book?

By Edited Jan 29, 2016 0 2

This is one of the most common questions people ask me (after where can I buy your book and how much is your pay check?). It's great to know that there are many story-tellers amongst us and heartwarming when they share their book ideas with me.

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Below are my tips and resources:

Step 1

Find a publisher:

- Make sure you pick a suitable one who will be interested in your book theme. No point sending a non-fiction book summary to a publisher that does primarily children storybooks.

- You can check local book councils for a comprehensive list of publishers.

- Do your research from their websites and check their book titles. Then find the contact email and send your synopsis. It's better to send to a few short-listed publishers.

- You may want to go with a smaller outfit as they may respond faster and be more easy-going. Most importantly, you must feel comfortable with your publisher and see eye-to-eye on the book direction.

Step 2

Write a book synopsis. It should include:

- Theme of book: A brief summary of your book topic.

- Introduction: Background information on your book topic.

- Market research: Are there any books similar? Do your research on them and how yours is different.

- Benefits for the audience: What will you readers take away and what do you hope to achieve.

- Your credentials: Your work bio. It will be good if it is relevant to your book topic or demonstrates your ability.

- Include a draft of your first chapter: This will be a good review of your writing skills and ideas.

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Tips & Warnings



Jan 3, 2010 6:51pm
Good article with tips and advice. Thanks for sharing!
Jan 3, 2010 10:16pm
These are great resources. Thanks so much for sharing the tips on the publisher bit too. I keep thinking about writing a book, but never seem to have the time to do it. May be this new year will see me make some progress.
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