There are many roles of an author instead of just writing a manuscript. Imagination and research play a big role in writing books; depending on what type of book you want to write. Then of course, you need to find a publisher. There are two types of publishers. 1. Traditional publishers which pay for the whole process and self publishing. 2. With self publishing you can choose a vanity or subsidy publisher that will help with part of your expenses. There are some self publishing companies that will publish your work, but at a fee. Even if they say they are a free publisher, you still have to spend money for different things, including marketing, and buying the books up front.
The traditional route is the hardest and you have to send out numerous queries to agents, books publishers, in hopes that they like your manuscript. This process takes longer and is more time consuming.
There are Many Jobs of the Book Author.
You not only have to write a manuscript, but edit it. This means that is takes a great deal of time, looking over your manuscript, making sure that the sentence structure is sound; that there are no grammatical errors including punctuation, word usage, subject verb agreement, use of modifiers and so on.
Yes you can hire someone to edit your book, but they are going to expect you to clarify things in the book. They cannot rewrite your book for you, they are going to need you to write your own sentences.
Next thing about being an author is that you have to devote time to marketing your book. Yes, Publishers will help you with this when your book is released to the public, but there is a three month time in which they expect you to promote yourself before the initial release date.
Marketing is the worst thing for me. I hate spending countless hours on marketing. Unless you are extremely wealthy and can hire a large staff or publicist to take care of this, you are going to have to market some yourself.
There are several ways to market your book.
1. Through social media
2. Through cold call sales
3. Through newspapers, word of mouth, and post office mailings.