Lead Me to Success in Publishing

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Book Description:

The world of publishing is changing, and you’ve already begun to realize it. While there are still the same authors on the same tables at your local bookstore, there are other names that are showing up online and in your email inbox. But how are they getting attention if they’re not doing publishing ‘the way it’s always been done’? For a thought leader like you, you already have bigger ideas about how the world should, rather, how the world COULD work to support the cutting edge thoughts you want to share. You’re not interested in simply doing the same old things because you’re not interested in the same old results. In the past year, you’ve noticed how social media has changed the way we interact and the way we share information. You’ve seen Facebook turn into a sort of gathering place and Twitter become the first place where thoughts are born. But you want to publish. You want to take your ideas a step further and you’re not interested in spending a lot of money or sending out hundreds of proposals. “Lead Me to Success in Publishing: 101 Ways” is the book for you.

Buy Link: http://amzn.com/B007I4BY24

Review:

There is no better place to learn about how to have success in book publishing other than an accomplished writer. Melissa Wilson shares some great advice on how to have success in book publishing. She has published books of her own and she gives you 101 publishing tips that break down the ever-changing world of publishing, and get you thinking about not only writing your book but more, importantly—how to market and promote your book once it’s published. Every author should read this book for helpful tips and insights on how to become successful in the book publishing business. I received this book free for an honest and unbiased review….. Tracy Kauffman- Author

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How to Write a Book Query Letter

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A book query letter can land you a book deal or simply be lost in an overwhelming amount of emails, already sent to book publishers. This post should help you understand what book publishers are looking for and how to land a book deal with a book publisher.  Make sure to do a little research about the publisher.  Most publisher specify what they want you to include in your query letter.

The first thing that might go against your query letter is the fact that it is full of errors. A professional editor should look over your proposal to check for typos, misspelled words, subject verb agreement, comma splices and so on. Next make sure your letter is addressed to the right person. Do some research on the company and find out what genres they are taking. Then, include a paragraph or two describing your manuscript.  In this paragraph, include title of book, word count, genre, and why you think your manuscript would sell. This is the time to stand out amongst the crowd and pitch your manuscript.  Then, include a paragraph or two about your manuscript called a book blurb.  Make it unique and attractive to the publisher. Think of it as what you would see on the back cover, that attracts readers.  Last of all, write a short biography about yourself including previous works.  Make sure the publisher can contact you about your manuscript —leave a contact email address, phone numbers, etc…

When sending a query letter, the publisher wants to know that you have done your research.  Now is not the time to start making demands and asking lots of questions.  Wait until the publisher decides to publish your manuscript, then you can ask the questions that haven’t been covered already on their website.  Most publishers have a Q and A page with details about their company.

Here are some definite Do Not’s:

  1. Do not make demands to the Publisher.
  2. Do not criticize the Publisher
  3. Do not forget to tell what the book is about
  4. Do not be unprofessional in your approach
  5. Do not refuse to send items the publisher request
  6. Do not ask too many questions about what the publisher can do for you.
  7. Do not send an unfinished letter without all the details the publisher requires.

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Many Roles of an Author

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.

Writing for Gratification

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What brings inspiration to an author? Is it simply the need for gratification or could it be much more. To me, a writer should enjoy every part of writing itself even if the work is never read. In the Wikipedia, online encyclopedia,”Gratification is the pleasurable emotional reaction of happiness in response to a fulfillment of a desire or goal.” To look at this much further, one must define what the fulfillment aspect of the desire or goal is. What fulfills us and brings satisfaction? Is writing itself instant gratification or is it the completed work—the book that brings it?

I look around as I sit at my desktop writing this blog post and think about writing and what it means to me. I really can’t explain it in one simple blog post. All I can say is writing has meant more to me over the last year than it has ever meant. Yes, I wanted to be a writer when I was younger and wrote short stories, poetry, etc.. The desire of writing is not the fulfillment of having a completed work that others look at and buy. If it were, I wouldn’t take time to write a blog because it takes time away from writing my manuscript. I believe this year I have learned more about the writing process and how to make the words flow much easier.

As a young child, I was really quiet. I didn’t speak a lot in school and never had lots of friends. It wasn’t because I didn’t like people or they didn’t like me. It was simply that I enjoyed my thoughts. I would get lost in my own thoughts and it made it hard to focus on schoolwork or time needed to make new friends. As an adult, I would say that I am a lot like I was as a child. I am married and have two children. That is where any extra time is spent. I have met lots of other authors along the way and they have been more of a friend to me than people I see everyday. I guess the concept of having something in common is what I enjoy talking to them about.

To get back to the discussion, each writer has their own reasons for writing. Some may look at it as a means of escape, others as a way to express themselves, or to complete a work of art. I agree with all of these reasons but to me I see it as a gift. A gift is usually shared with others instead of hidden in a closet. Reaching the world with writing is a gift that should be shared. Therefore if you love to write, spread your gift to the world. I’m sure there are many out there that are waiting for your thoughts, whether you think so or not. Good luck and get writing.

Importance of Great Cover Art

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The author Who says, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” was emphasizing how important Cover Art is to the book. The first impression is usually the lasting one. Frankly if I go to select a book and see a boring cover, I usually go on to the next book. The book could be the best book ever written, but I wouldn’t get past the first page. Everything today is about visual. People like something appealing. You don’t go to a store to pick out clothes and not try them on, unless they are a t-shirt and slacks. Usually people want their appearance to be attractive. Employers don’t hire people who look slouchy and unkempt. They look at the appearance before the Resume. It is nothing to brag about, but it is the universal truth.

The same applies to a beautiful cover art photo. It attracts people and therefore luring them into a well written book. Sometimes the cover art paves the way to sales. People might not even open the book, they might look at the cover art, read the back page and buy it. Consider this, there are not many best-selling books that have a terrible book cover.

Cover art is important and should be considered thoroughly before sending the book to print. We know how important it is to have a great illustrator. Someone that is experienced and therefore the print copy looks just as good as the computer copy. Sometimes pictures are faded after going to print if the photo is not of great quality. So deciding on an illustrator to design your book cover should be on your top list of things to do, before publishing your manuscript.

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New Division of Self Publishing

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For most authors who do not wish to wait to have their manuscripts published, KG Books Publishing has opened a new division for Self Publishers. Garrison Publishing will take manuscripts of all genres and deliver to the public in much the same way that KG Books Publishing does. Now you don’t have to wait to get your manuscript to print. You don’t have to look for an agent or for a Traditional Publisher to accept your title. Some authors choose to go the self publishing route because you receive all royalties paid into the publisher.  For more information about Garrison Publishing and to view Packages, go to: http://www.garrisonpublishing.org/#

Some good reasons to self publish with Garrison Publishing are listed below.

  • 100% royalties received by the publisher
  • 100% control of how your book looks
  • You choose the cover art, illustrations that go into the book
  • Author keeps rights to the book
  • Different choice options to choose from
  • Marketing package available
  • ISBN provided
  • Marketing consultation available
  • Author support
  • Website hosting available
  • Digital Book distribution
  • Social Media tips available
  • Print on Demand (No need to buy excessive copies of books.  Order amount you need.)
  • Soft and Hard cover availability
  • Full color Cover
  • Digital PDF available
  • Copyright
  • Editing Availability
  • E-Book option

All About Book Publishing

You might ask: “How Do I Write a Book and Get It Published?” There are several different types of book publishing companies today but all work to produce an end product such as a book, manual, newspaper or textbook.  There are traditional publishers, Subsidy or Vanity Publishers, Independent and Self publishing Companies. With KG Books Publishing we work with the author to develop a polished book and then deliver it to the public.  After writing your book, consider what type of publisher will help you most.

Publishing is the process of producing printed books, music and information through distribution channels.  It involves a process of development, production and distribution.  Each stage of publishing goes through different actions and events to produce material for market.

The process of development might include copy editing a book, proofreading, formating, text blocking, illustrations, cover art and presentation.

Production might include obtaining copyrights, typsetting, page layout, proofing, price setting and finallly printing.  Printing alone involves binding, dust jacket composition, creating negatives, plates and book production.

Distribution might include marketing, assigning an ISBN number and supplying goods to bookstores, printing companies, and online retailers.

Publishing is a process that takes time, effort, energy and patience until a finished product appears on the market. I hope this helps your understanding of the Book Publishing process and that it is a timely and detail oriented business, but the end product is well worth the wait.

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