Getting started is often the hardest thing, especially if you’re new to the publishing world. Here are a few questions you might want to consider:
What does my book have right now? And what more does it need?
Have you just finished the first draft of your manuscript and you need initial feedback, or has it already been brilliantly edited by a seasoned pro and you just need a polish? Do you have a cover concept in your mind, or do you need inspiration from a professional artist? Are you looking for an illustrator for your children’s book? Or a gifted designer to lay out your book of poetry?
To help you answer this question, please have a look through all the services we offer (and our list of services we don’t offer) to get an idea of the scope of the project to produce your book. Some of these things you might already have, and others you might still need.
Do I want to publish my book traditionally, hybrid or self?
You may not have decided this yet, but it’s worth thinking about, because the requirements for the author are quite different for each.
Self-publishing has the lowest barriers to entry – basically anyone can upload a PDF to Amazon and call themselves published. But to self-publish well is quite a different matter, and with self-publishing the author makes all the creative decisions and carries all the financial risk. It is certainly possible to succeed as a self-published author, but those who do cut no corners from editing to design to marketing.
Traditional publishing, by contrast, has the highest barriers to entry. It is very, very hard to get picked up by an agent (to say nothing of a publisher) if you’re an unknown, first-time author. It’s certainly not impossible, but if this is your path then you want to ensure that your manuscript is the absolute best it can be before you send it off as a submission. Once accepted, though, your publisher will take care of all the rest.
Hybrid publishing is somewhere in between the other two. There are a few variants to this model, but all forms share a couple of key qualities. A hybrid book will be published and distributed to the brick & mortar marketplace like any other traditional book, but the author will make some kind of contribution to offset the publisher’s risk. Hybrid publishing is an interesting solution in the debate over the accessible-but-unregulated self-publishing world versus the prestigious-but-inaccessible traditional publishing world.
What kind of budget do I want to devote to my book?
This is a very real question, even for those authors looking to publish traditionally. Every author needs a good editor, and these days every author has to do some kind of marketing – even if you sign with one of the Big Five in New York.
We pride ourselves on offering some of the best prices in the industry for our services, so take a quick glance at what these sorts of services cost and you’ll quickly get an idea of what kind of budget you need, or what kind of services you can invest in.