Getting published one day may be your future dream. Or, you may have already finished a manuscript and are submitting a book to a publisher right now.
However, if you just are learning how to get a book published for the first time, you may be a little anxious about how publishers will judge your manuscript.
Because what you may have found is that the list of requirements for publishing a book is a long one.
And submitting a book to a publishers seems impossible.
Then, with so many self-publishing options available, the steps to getting a book published may seem confusing.
And while you may have found a few people who will help you proofread, no one is interested in helping you find a publisher for your first book. And there isn't much helpful advice about submitting a book to a publisher online.
Which leaves you learning how to publish your first book on your own. And this may have prompted you to look at first time authors who made it big - to copy what they did. In order to get book publishing companies to notice you.
Or to find a literary agent who knows about submitting a book to a publisher.
But this didn't work. So you may have tried approaching publishing houses for new authors with your own brand of query letters. You may have even tried vanity presses for self-publishing. And a last resort, you may have tried to take advice on publishing a novel (or self-help book) from an indie authors' group online.
No help with getting published there.
So what do you do? It's a bit of a waiting game now.
But as a first-time author, you may have missed one of the most important steps to submitting a book to a publisher there is:
Because as a first-time author, you have to look like you are already published.
But instead of doing that - your cover art, your book description, your formatted manuscript, and your research are all still saying, "How do I get published?"
And you, as an unknown author, may have written something really brilliant. But no book publishers will take you seriously until you look like a professional writer.
Simply because the execution of your book is too amateurish-looking.
So before you jump ahead and start looking for a list of book publishers for first time authors, you need to make absolutely sure your book looks like it has already been published. The process of looking for a publisher will be much more productive if you do. And at this time in your writing career, submitting a book to a publisher is crucial.
But you can appeal to book publishers much faster when you follow a few simple rules:
Getting Published With The Right Cover Art.
Your book cover has to be right and it has to be professional-looking. And it doesn't matter whether you are submitting a book to a publisher or publishing your book yourself. To have a book that looks finished, you will still have to "visualize the cover."
Because even if you are working with the best publishers for first-time authors, they should be able to easily execute an impactful cover, based on your finished manuscript.
If you are self-publishing, the same applies. Nevertheless, don't pay an artist to create your book cover from scratch. This is because the artist that you will be able to hire will only be able to create cover art which makes your book look substandard. Even though it isn’t.
But it's easier than you think when you are looking at getting published.
The right photograph with the right font is always best when it comes to cover art. Whether submitting a book to a publisher or self-publishing.
For example, think about the daily tweets you see, like when someone sends out famous quotes. What does the artwork consist of? An impactful photograph and an eye-pleasing font. So for your cover art, find an expressive photo, and pair it with the lettering that makes it stand out. This will not only create a professional quality cover but will also give you the credibility you are looking for.
Clearly, you wouldn't need to have a professional cover made if you are going to find a publisher for your first book. But how do you know? A nice cover becomes the total sum of your manuscript. And even literary agents for first time authors would like to see an entire presentation like this. And a lack of cover art ideas is just one more reason for book publishing companies to say no.
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Getting Published With The Right Format.
The formatting of your book must adhere to all of the professional standards of the publishing industry. If you want to be taken seriously. And there are a lot of standards. And it doesn't matter whether you learn how to self-publish for free or figure out how to submit a manuscript to a publishing company.
This is why you may find it helpful to put your first book aside. (It's not going anywhere.) And instead, work on publishing an ebook that may be similar. Learning how to publish a book on Amazon first will be something pro-active you can do while you do further work on submitting a book to a publisher. Other companies that publish ebooks are iTunes and Barnes & Noble. And their software automatically puts your manuscript into a professional format. There is still some work for you to do. But when you try to format a paperback or hardback book on your own, you will add to your frustrations. And much less costly than paying someone else do it.
And this is not a book to sell, but rather a book to learn how to publish you own book for free. Think of your ebook as that first pancake. It doesn’t quite come out right the first time. But you want to make these kinds of mistakes before you start looking for a publisher.
Getting Published By Being Accurate.
Everyone wants to read your opinion or slant on a topic. That’s why they buy your book. But readers love to pick apart the inaccuracies in novels, and they simply won't buy a self-help book that isn't in the least factual.
So the biggest part of learning how to write a book and then submitting a book to a publisher is learning how to do research. If you write a self-help book, you have to have some facts to back it up. And those facts have to come from reliable sources: e.g. university studies, research scientists, or legitimate reference books.
Book publishers will forgive almost any typo, but they will not ignore erroneous facts. Or, the lack of any facts that back up what you are saying. The library is a good place to start. And you can download many research books from the library and read them on your computer at home.
And when it comes to research, publishing fiction is no different. If you are publishing a novel that is based in any kind of reality, you will need to know about all of the physical characteristics concerning the setting of your book. And if your setting details are a little sketchy, book publishing companies will reject your book. They aren't going to do your research for you simply because they feel they have discovered some kind of brilliant new work of fiction for publishing.
Getting Published By Finishing Your Manuscript.
Completely finish writing your book first. This includes having an impactful cover-art concept, correct formatting, and completed research. As well as enough words to have a completed manuscript. Because the biggest complaint about first-time writers from book publishers and literary agents is that the writer is looking for the publisher to "fill-in" the small details. To make the manuscript readable.
In other words, first-time writers, when submitting a book to publishers, shouldn't confuse creative writing with a completed manuscript. Because a book editor will not finish your book for you.
So before you start looking for the best publishers for first-time authors, make sure your book concept and manuscript are finished first. Submitting a book to a publisher is much more likely to result in having a bestseller if you do.
I know you can do it.
See also: https://brenthollister.blogspot.com/
P.S. Here are two examples of covers that have a relevant photo paired with the right font for a professional-looking cover.