You have written a work that you are proud of, and you desire to show it to more than your immediate friends and family. You’ve spent so many hours rewriting, editing and perfecting your words. That’s awesome! Way to go! The question now lays in the means in which you are to get your novel into the hands of the public. There are two defined paths from this point. Do you go with a more traditional publishing route with an agent? Or do you walk into the more immediate world of self-publishing?
If you decide that you want to become a Self-publishing Author through a publishing house, the first thing you need to do is to get a literary agent. You do that by writing a query letter. You need to introduce yourself and make them fall in love with your book. Easily said but not easily done. Once you can secure an agent, they will make edits to your book. After they are satisfied, they will send the book out to different publishing houses. Each author points out that the majority of time spent getting their book published is spent waiting. If your book gets an offer, there will be further edits as the publishing house works to make your book marketable so they can sell it to the masses. This process can take anywhere from a year to multiple years.
However, if you decide that years of waiting and enlisting the advice of editors is not the route you would like to go; there is always self-publishing. Self-publishing is a growing segment of the publishing industry. As the author, you have complete control over the creative and selling process giving you total ownership as well as full profit. There are also a lot more responsibilities that will fall in your lap. All marketing, design, and promotion will need to be done by you. Documedia can help you as we are equipped to do print on demand. With print on demand, there are no upfront printing costs, no piles of books in your living room, no shipping costs and no leftover books. Your book can be sold through an online retailer and as soon as the sale goes through we print the book and send to the buyer. This is an easy and helpful process so that you can focus on how you want to market your novel. We want to do everything we can to help you succeed as an author.