Last time we talked about different ways to publish your book. Some people think self-publishing is the way to go, but is it for you? Do you like all the work that goes into a self-published book? Maybe you prefer to write your book and have someone else publish it. That’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Publishing with a traditional publisher will take longer to get your books published, but you should have a better book with less mistakes. Let’s start at the beginning when you send your proposal to a publishing company.
Most publishing companies only take proposals from agents. This means you may or may not want to get an agent. That’s up to you. Writing conferences are good places to meet editors with publishers. You can talk to them even if you don’t have an agent. An agent takes all the middle work out for you, but you do pay them a percentage of your revenue if you become published.
There are still a few publishers who will take proposals from authors who do not have an agent. We are one of them.
When we receive a proposal, it is sent to our committee who will read the proposal and decide if it is something that we feel is good enough to publish. We take many things into consideration. We look at the overall writing, the grammar, the punctuation, and if it will be possible to make a cover. We can usually make a cover of anything, but if it will be a difficult cover, we’ll think twice about the manuscript.
If we feel the manuscript is worthy of publishing, we’ll send a contract to either the agent or the author. When it is returned, we’ll send the author a cover questionnaire to fill out and return. This assists the cover designer when she begins making the cover.
Your manuscript is then sent to the development editor. When she has made the corrections she knows needs to be made, then you will have a chance to correct it. Then it goes to the line editor who will look at grammar, punctuation, and anything else she sees in the manuscript that needs to be changed. She will return it to you for corrections.
Next it comes to me. I will read the manuscript, and if I see anything that needs to be corrected I’ll send it to you. Then it goes to the cover designer/formatter. By that time the cover is usually completed. She will format the manuscript, make a PDF, and return it to you to read aloud. This is a very important step. We don’t make any changes after the book goes to the printer. We also want our books to be as perfect as possible. That is why this is so important.
After that your book goes to the printer to be put on pre-order until the release date. Next time we’ll talk about what we expect from authors.