Where to Start with Publishing:
1. Write a book
While I understand this is a big part of the process that might seem obvious, it’s still important to mention. You can’t publish a book without having written one (unless you use something like a ghost writer). But seriously, get those words out! I believe you have a story to tell inside you, share it with the world.
2. Get feedback
After you write your book, get feedback on it. There are lots of things that will happen with this, some will be really, really hard such as hearing negative critiques. No matter how good of a writer you are, the critiques will come. Remember as you’re getting feedback from beta readers and critique partners, most of them will be doing so to help make your book the best it can be. That doesn’t make it any less hard, but if you give it some time, you can figure out what feedback is going to be the best for you and your book.
3. Revise, revise, revise, revise
After you decide what feedback will make your book the best it can be, work on those fixes. Once you think it about it, make chances, and feel you get it the best you can, don’t be afraid to go through the whole process again. Revise until you feel like you have the best book you put forward.
4. Research: traditional or self publish
Once your book reaches this point, you’ll want to either have discovered what way will be the best path for you and your book. You can research this while you write, get feedback, and revise. Whenever you do it, be thorough enough that you understand what you’re getting into. Both paths are equally good, but may not be equally good for you. Understanding the difference can help you know which way you’d like to work on.
5. Research how to move forward with the best option for you
When you know if you want to traditionally publish or self publish, you’ll want to do, guess what? Even more research! I know, I know, you just want your book out there in the world for readers to enjoy. This is a step to help you get there. There are many great resources out there, including TLC4Authors, to assist you in gaining the knowledge you need to successfully go down whichever path is right for you. Another great resource for this tip is to ask other writers what resources they use and recommend. Getting personal recommendations can go a long way toward getting you on the publishing path you’ve decided will be best.
6. Try and try again!
For whatever reason, if your first book either doesn’t get published or doesn’t do as well in the officially published world, don’t give up! There’s so much more out there. Often times, those who persist are the ones who reach their goals. You can make your author voice be heard. You can publish your books. Just keep trying!
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