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How Are Books Published

How much is it to get a book published.

Not that I am planning to, I am just curious how much it would be.

Hello,To go through a publishing company, it is free. The company will pay for the costs of publishing, and then when the book is published, the company will take a certain percentage of the income in order to make a profit, and then the author will take the leftovers (also to make a profit, though it is mostly a small amount).To self-publish, it’s most costly. However, it depends on how you self-publish (electronically or paperback), how long your book is, how many copies you want made, advertising, etc. The price ranges from $10 to $900.Good luck! :)…

how to publish a book.

i wrote a book and i want to get it publish. my biggest concern is how much i will have to pay to get it publish.this is what i think. i’ll pay to get it publish, but then after that i’ll just get pay a percentage of each book sold

I’m c&p this like there is no tomorrow:How to get a book published:-Finish it. Then do several editions after editing it. Make it as good as you can.-In general books are 80,000-100,000 words (that’s about 400 double-spaced pages)-1inch margins all around in Times New Roman or Courier font-You need to have a hook for your novel that is about 100 words long. (Like a summary that explains the whole plot and is catching. If a potential agent doesn’t like this, they won’t even bother with the sample pages you send). It needs to be clean and concise.-You need to find a literary agent. To find one you need to send a query letterHow to write a query letter:- Write a 1 page letter. In it you need to introduce yourself, explain why you would be a marketable author, etc.-In the first paragraph state your name and that you are writing to tell the agent about your book called “–“-Second paragraph needs to be your pitch. This is where you say why your book is great and give the plot. It needs to be 6-10 sentences long. Write all character names in capslock, state the plot and divulge the ending. This is like your hook. It is really and important and matters the most. If the person doesn’t like it then they will just toss your letter in the trash. Also, talk about who the audience is and why it would appeal to certain people. State stuff that is unique about you that would make you right for their business.-Third paragraph needs to be about you. What have you done in the writing world? Where have you been published? What have you participated in literary wise?- If the publishing house has published a book that is similar to yours you can use this fourth paragraph to say “I understand you have published ___. My book is similar and has as much potential because…”-In the fifth paragraph, thank them for their time spent reading your letter.-Last, sign your name. Add your email, address, a phone number, etc.How to find agents to send your letter to:Look online: for books: Jeff Hernan’s Complete Guide to Literary Agents. Find books similar to your story and look in the acknowledgements. Most authors will thank their agent.Look in stores: the writing and publishing section of bookstores.Also:You need to send out your letters in batches of 20. Don’t give up! A lot will reject you and some won’t even reply. But there will be someone who wants your story.And make clear in your letter than you are young! Publishing houses love younger authors.If you need any direction or help you can email the author Liz Funk at [email protected] or visit lizfunk.comAuthors get paid about 85 cents per book sold. Their agent gets 10-15% of total profits. Free black urban books

How do you publish a book.

How would I go upon publishing a book? I assume I find a publisher, but this is my first time. So what should I do once the story is finished?

Not easily. Publishing a book takes a lot of hard work.Here are your options:When you have finished and are completely happy with your work, and have had someone else (a professional or maybe a friend) to check for errors you may have missed you need to write a brief overview of your book which is what You will be sending out.There are a few paths to look into,(I am in the uk)Self publishing – take a look at this site for advice on this: is basically the easiest way to get published but holds the most risk.The other option is to find a literary agent/publisher – its always worth looking for an agent first as, even though they will charge a commission fee, most publishers wont touch unsolicited work. Check the details of each agency you submit to – some like a letter of introduction first – others just want the basic overview of the book as well as the first 1 – 3 chapters, some like to be offered the work exclusively whilst others don’t mind you submitting to many. may be of interest.Lastly you could try contacting publishers directly but as i have already said – most do not welcome this type of thing and you take the risk that your manuscript wont even be read.if you decide to try this route find one which works with the type of writing you do – here is a list of uk publishers: do not be discouraged but be aware that most books submitted will be rejected – don’t lose hope – just takes submitting to the right agency for you and if your work is good enough you will get there in the end.Take a read of this too

So how hard is it to get a book published.

I read on here that people get turned down a whole lot to get one book published.i was thinking about getting in the writing game but i’m not good when it comes to competition .so on a scale from 1-10, 1 being hard 10 being easy how hard is it to get a book published.

Most major book publishing houses, and many small presses, will not accept submissions that aren’t represented by a literary agent. During the research of The Publishing Primer: A Blueprint for an Author’s Success, we asked literary agents how many unsolicited query letters/proposals/sample chapters, they receive. For the typical agency it is close to 5000 per year. On the average these agents accepted only 11 new clients, that’s about 1out of every 500 submissions.Of course writers submit to more than one agency in the hopes of obtaining representation which makes the odds a little better, but not much.It has been estimated that the five large book publishing companies, Random House Inc., Penguin USA, Simon & Schuster, Time Warner and HarperCollins, account for nearly eighty percent of all book sales in the US. This has occurred for the same reasons any other industry goes through consolidation: by combining certain administrative or staff functions, costs can be reduced and profits increased. Publishing, relative to many other industries, has not enjoyed a high Return on Investment (ROI) for investors. Now, book publishers are much more focused on having every single book they publish be profitable. This means a more risk averse philosophy, with a preference for publishing authors with successful track records–a sound business strategy.How to get a book published by a commercial book publisher isn’t an easy task, but with perseverance and a good book you can do it.Hope this helps 🙂 x

How were books published before computers, photocopiers, etc.

Back in the day before all this technology, how were books mass produced and published, especially books with lots of pictures like comic books?

You mean, how were books printed, not how were they published, I assume. Publishing is a business endeavor that includes editing, printing, marketing and selling the book. The technology you’re referring to is relevant to the production of the physical book itself. The history of printing goes all the way back to the 15th century, when Gutenberg invented the printing press and movable type.You can read about the history of various types of printing presses here

how do we publish a book.

i mean a real book, how are we suppose to publish it? where am i suppose to go?

How to publish a book.

I am in the process of writing a novel. If it is good enough I would like to publish it. What do I need to do to get my book published?

Now, I’m not a published author, but I am currently working on it!I don’t know how “detailed” I can make my answer, but a couple months ago when I began looking into trying to get my book published I read many, MANY Yahoo! answers about getting published; I would suggest you read those if you want more info too (ie: search “how to publish my novel”, “publishers for (insert novel genre here)”, etc.).From all the questions I’ve read, I can tell you that you definitely need a literary agent. You’re already at a good place, because literary agents look for novels that are basically perfect: that have been edited to the bone, don’t have any mistakes, etc. People have made it very clear that getting a literary agent is REALLY, REALLY hard (just like making it in the publishing industry in general); but if you are able to do so, you’ll be that much closer to achieving your dreams. Because agents read so many manuscripts a day (btw, make sure you draft is in manuscript format; because if it’s not that another reason agents will throw your manuscript into the slush pile), they only take on clients whose works they TRULY believe that a publisher will want. Because more major publishers don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, you really need a literary agent, because otherwise you probably won’t be able to get your foot into the door at publishers like Scholastic, HarperCollins, Penguin, etc.So yeah, it sound like your next step is finding a literary agent (who is reputable; remember that agents who ask you for money upfront are scams! They make money by getting a fraction of what you get once your book starts selling). Because they are the ones who find a publishing house that will want to make a deal on your book, it’s important that you find one. Now, this may take weeks, years; it all depends on (1) when they respond to your query (letter that you use to present your work to an agent; look up how to write a good query letter on the internet; or I just remembered that a REALLY good book to help you in ALL of this that a lot of people recommend is “The Writers Market”), and (2) whether or not they accept or reject you. Now I’ve been told this, so I want to tell you that you WILL get rejected by agents….they are VERY picky, so don’t be surprised that even with all the feedback you’ve gotten some agents might say no (and they often won’t tell you why or what to fix; so after a while it becomes up to you to figure that out, from whether it’s your query letter or your manuscript itself).Huh, maybe I do know a lot more about this than I thought I could type up, haha.So yeah; in short, after you get an agent, they will find you a publisher, and then your book goes into the process of being edited by their editors, choosing a font, choosing a book cover, etc…..There is also the option of self-publishing (which can be done online). Now that is also “free” in that it doesn’t cost you anything because anyone can do it and say they are a “published author.” However, besides the fact that it’s a million times easier to get published this way than with an actual publisher, I don’t recommend self-publishing if you want to get even a small fan base. What I mean is 99.9% of self-published books never get beyond the scope of the writer’s friends and family. Your book will not be sold in bookstores, so the only thing you can do is pay to have it made and printed out (which costs money) so that you can hand them out to get people to read them (which takes time). Thus, the time and money you put into self-publishing is a lot, so I think this costs more than trying to find an agent and then a publisher. I know many people have gone to self-publishing as a last resort after being unsuccessful in finding an agent; so maybe you could do if after maybe getting like 100 rejections or something (because again, you WILL get rejected by agents) before turning to self-publishing.hope this helps!!! good luck!!! 🙂

How hard is it to get a book published.

Is it a difficult task?Also, wanting to know how long a book has to be before it is even considered for publishing, i.e page count?

Getting book published is certainly not easy, but if you have a good manuscript and are persistent and patient, it’s possible. If it was impossible, then there wouldn’t be published writers!It’s quite time-consuming. Not only do you have to become good enough at writing to create a story that people would be willing to pay for, but your story has to be relevant and pique the interest of an agent and of an editor of a publishing company. You could write an amazing story about vampires, but the market is so over-saturated with vampire novels right now that your chances of getting that kind of book published are slim. Not all manuscripts are created equal – certain stories have much better chances than others because it’s a great manuscript that comes into the market at the perfect time. Other stories—even if the writer is persistent and they work hard and have been at it for more years—simply won’t make it because of a lack of quality when compared to other works, or a market that isn’t open to that kind of story.Novels can be anywhere from 50,000 words to 100,000 words, with certain lengths being more acceptable for certain genres (books for younger audiences are shorter, fantasies tend to be longer).

How is a book published.

What does the author go through?What does the publishing company go through?What does the author make from the book?Is it necessary to have an agent?Do you publish poetry and short stories as books or individual pieces?Are there book signings or any other events an author is responsible for?Do you…

I wrote this answer up a while ago, for anyone who needed a guide on how to get published. Remember that this is just an overview, and you should do some deeper research of your own.First, you need to finish your manuscript. Then, edit, revise and rewrite, if you haven’t done so already. Print out the whole story, as your eyes will catch mistakes on hard paper better than on the computer. Sit down with your manuscript and a red pen and REALLY, REALLY be critical. Be harsh. Rewrite, revise, check for spelling and grammar mistakes, even read the book out loud. The more editing you do now, the less you’ll have to do with your agent and editor.Once that’s done, you have a few options: Self publish, Digitally publish, or publish the ol’ fashioned way. Self publishing and digital publishing aren’t recommended, and if you do choose to do so, you’ll most likely never see your book in a bookstore. Because I think the ol’ fashioned way is best, here are the steps:Format your manuscript. This should be pretty easy. All you have to do is change a few fonts in MS Word. Look here for the proper format: an agent. An agent is vital if you want to be published by a reputable publisher like Scholastic or Harper Collins. They will go to various publishing houses and give your work to editors, making sure to get you out of the dreaded “slush pile”. First you’ll need to find an agency that you think will work for you. Look online for one–a good and trusted site is — — To get an agent, you will need to query them in a letter. Here is a good article on how to write one, as it’s a very specific format: Keep in mind that this is only a basic outline, and that many different agencies have different submission guidelines and you should follow the SPECIFIC guidelines laid out on the agency’s site. REMEMBER: YOU NEVER PAY AN AGENT OR EDITOR UP FRONT. THEY TAKE A CUT FROM YOUR BOOK’S PROFITS.Now that you’ve written your query and sent it off to the agent… well, wait. You may want to query multiple agents at once, as you WILL be rejected a few times, and a response may sometimes take months. Just make sure your query agents from different agencies, not the same one.After that, there’s not much more you need to do. If/when you get an agent, they will talk with you about any changes to be made to the book, and it’s your decision to make them or not. Then your manuscript will go to an editor, and it will be the same sort of process–it’s your choice to make the changes or not. Then your book goes to the design stage where you do book covers, typography, etc, then it goes to printing and you’re officially a published author!As for book signings, that’s set up by the publisher. A first time author doesn’t make much money, but if you’re a bestselling author you make a good amount. There’s usually so little pay when you’re a first time writer that you need a second job to support and sort of lifestyle.You can publish short stories, but usually only in magazines or online.Hope I helped, and good luck!

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43 thoughts on “How Are Books Published

  1. Publishers get thousands of manuscripts a year and the majority are rejected. On the scale you requested I would say 1. I have been doing rewrites on a book for 2 years at the suggestion of a publisher and still haven’t gotten an acceptance letter.

  2. Two months after you put away you book, take it out again. Get out your notes, too, if you made any. Rewrite the whole thing, end to end. Nobody’s first draft is ready for an agent’s or publisher’s eyes, even when it’s good. Done? Put it away again. Start your next book.Write the story you want to tell before worrying about how long it has to be.

  3. I was under the impression that you shouldn’t need to pay to get your book published. Regular publishing houses won’t expect this and if it is good enough your work will be accepted. If it is not accepted by them you can self publish using your own money, but then you must ask your self, why was it rejected by the other publishers? If they won’t invest in it, should I?

  4. It seems to be quite a small website at the moment but many pundits seem to be hyping it as a massive opportunity for rookie authors to get their work seen.finish it 1st, dont jump to publishing, perhaps save some money in your pocket, for publishing, like harpercollins, scholastic, etc

  5. Second, a publisher has to decide that they can make money from your book. The receive thousands of submissions every year from writers around the world, and only a small percentage will be selected.Of course you can always self publish, but that seldom sells to any large amount and you don’t earn much if anything, but at least you can say your published and if no one asks about it your will get away with it.

  6. VERY hard.

  7. There are hundreds if not thousands of publishing companies. Each charges (or pays) differently. Some are hard covers, some are soft. Paper types vary, so do publishing techniques.I would recommend self submitting your first go round. An agent is really just there to handle the business side of things once you earn enough that you don’t feel like you need to deal with it anymore.I have to think that maybe you were in the wrong library. My wife worked in the public library for 11 years and many branches had books on astrology, palmistry, etc. that were very informative and instructive on techniques. In fact theft of these books was a major problem. Also, bookstores both mainstream and new age have long before the Internet age carried this material. Yes, there is some family knowledge passed on in some cases like “How I learned to read a deck of Tarot cards” but there are many techniques and different schools on how to construct and read an astrology chart, etc. I would guess that most people learned the same place everyone else learns anything – books.

  8. the first will guide you step by step through the publishing process, a dnt the second gives a full list of agents and publishers you can contact.

  9. Careful, your cart appears to be in front of your horse.

  10. It isn’t hard if you publish it yourself. What I mean is that you have to pay to get it published. It’s called Vanity Press. You can do a computer search to find a publisher like this near you. However, I would only use this as a last resort. It is very difficult to get something published if it is your first time. I’m not sure how it is done these days, but in the past if you self published, they would send you all the books and you would have to sell, give away or get rid of them all yourself.

  11. I think it would be worth a try

  12. So called “self-publishers” will want at least $5,000 and that’s for a small order of books. It would be cheaper to copy at Kinko’s and sell it at the swap mart.

  13. Tee gave you the exact perfect answer. However, I recommend not jumping into publishing quite yet. Have an upwards of ten or more people read your book so they can give you feedback! Nothing can be more embarrassing than publishing a book that makes no sense or has a few errors or mishaps here and there, right? Once you get approval from your teachers, friends, etc, then move on to the next step in the process and find yourself an agent. Usually, you can find them in any big city near you. Just go to Google and search for them! They’re everywhere — and they’re more than willing to help you make it big! They should never ask for money in the very beginning! If they do, they’re a scam artist, and you need to tell them off. After getting an agent, they’ll do most of the work for you. Like, finding an editor, proofreader and publisher. Do some research on random publishing companies, so you know what you’ll be getting yourself into. I have a friend who did this, and ended up losing money because the publishing company took out 60% profit for themselves, and that left only 40% to split between you and your agent. That’s not a fair deal, and it left my friend thinking that she was never going to publish a book again because she wasn’t making any money! Definitely not a good way to start out, am I right? Anyways — the basic necessity in publishing a book is an agent. Oh! And don’t be sad if your manuscript gets rejected the first time; you can always give it to them again 6 months later. One thing I might add is that it takes upwards of a year to get everything in line. Being an author has a LOT of downtime, so don’t depend on the money flowing in just yet. Good luck on finding an agent and going through with the entire process!

  14. I say a one as a matter of fact probably harder then that but however don’t knock self publishing! There are a lot of successful authors who started off by self-publishing

  15. It’s quite hard to say how much it costs to get a book published.

  16. Try self-publishing. Many, many, many people use this method. It many cost you some money, so if you consider this, I suggest you spare some money. Self-publishing is common and a good way to get your book out there. I don’t know all the details to the system. I only first heard of it on a talk show, and then I did a tiny bit of background research on it. Look it up on Google or something and really get to know the system.You used to be able to go straight to a publisher and submit one or two chapters with a resume of the content, but I believe this is now not very successful, as the market is now flooded with people wanting to find a publisher. The advice nowadays is to find yourself an agent – they will obviously take a cut from your earnings, but at the same time they should also know which publishers are more likely to take on your script – it depends a bit on what they like to publish.Its fairly annoying, you need to deliver your e book to lots of publishers until eventually you opt to do self publishing, in case you intend on sending it to a writer you need to write a quick checklist with regard to the story, on the computing gadget becuase it seems extra professional, as quickly as you a writer accepts it (and that’s on condition which you’re fairly fortunate) then they’re going to edit it and make a conceal for it. Its an prolonged technique that would desire to take continually, and you need to look on the internet, and locate little training which will show you how to with it. sturdy luck =)

  17. Yes you usually have to pay to publish your book at first. But dont let that get you down! If you have a great book go for it!! It will cost you a bit at first but then youll make 10 times that amount.I don’t know of a single published author who hasn’t been rejected many, many times.

  18. Hope it helps!

  19. This website will help you select an agent:It is very hard to get a work published and even harder to make a profit. Publishing is a business and the publisher must see a profit in your writing. Once accepted it still will take some time to reach the distribution stage. In the sense of publishing costs versus return on investment the page count is relevant. Non-fiction is a little easier to get published than fiction but both are difficult to get accepted. If you have an expertise or are known, or have been published before it is somewhat easier. You may want to look into E-publishing your work on your own as the cost is low. You have to do some research to find the right publisher for your genre.

  20. First, you have to find an agent to represent your book. Most publishers don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts that aren’t from a literary agent. And in order to get an agent to represent you, an agent has to believe that your book will sell. Like lawyers, literary agents are paid entirely on commission; they don’t get paid until you get paid, so they don’t waste their time on manuscripts that they believe will be unsuccessful (just like a lawyer won’t take a losing case.)Hope all works out, Channie.

  21. Really, really, really, understand this, because I can’t stress this enough, NEVER GIVE UP. No matter how many times, just don’t give up. It’s common for people to get turned down a billion times before the book is published. But just keep on telling yourself, “There’s someone out there that would be willing to publish my book!” But only tell yourself that when you feel your book is perfected. There aren’t many grammar mistakes, the content is good, and it seems mature and collected. You need to be cautious of what you write, because one immature line/paragraph/chapter, and your book will be nothing. You just need to keep trying though!Good luck, sorry i can’t recomend any publishers! 🙁

  22. Eventually, you will find that nothing you do to your manuscript improves it. *Then* you’re ready to query literary agents and/or independent publishers who do not use agents to screen manuscripts.

  23. A tip would be, if you aren’t already, type the book. Save it on at least two-three things. Save it in an email draft, and save it in your computer documents. Do so just in case a file is lost. Use spell-check, and make sure to be wise about the plot, use of characters, use of dialogue, and everything alike.It’s not a question of “if it’s good enough,” it’s a matter of learning how to make it good enough.

  24. You can self submit to a publisher or get an agent to do it for you. Most publishers have guidelines for submitting that can be found on their webpage.

  25. If you’re not planning to, then why do you care?The Writers and Artists’ Yearbook should give you penty of names of agents and publishers, as well as advice on how to go about it. I’m sure you can order this from many good bookshops, or online, and maybe even libraries may hold a copy.

  26. I know previously published authors that, in this economy, can’t get a book published. The best thing for a new author to do is self publish in ebook format.

  27. There are no specific rules for page count, but you know a novel when you see one, right? Go look at some of the thinner books on your bookshelf for page count references. Something longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel is called a novella.

  28. Vanity publishing is trivially easy (it’ll take you about half an hour, there is no selection process).Selling your manuscript to a commercial publisher is extremely difficult.During this time, you research. Hit the bookstore and get titles, authors, and publishers of books in your genre currently being sold. At home, find out which agents represent which authors, who brokered which deal with what publisher, and so on. Do some more homework on the more promising agents, learning what they’re seeking and who else they represent.

  29. Once the story is finished, the first thing to do is put it away for at least a couple of months. No reading, no editing, no peeking. You can write yourself notes about it, if you like, but you can’t look at it at all.

  30. brokers won’t touch something it particularly is already printed (if that’s an excellent corporation) niether will they post issues that have been placed on the internet. Synopsis’s is okay yet once you upload chapters then no. additionally with self-publishing you have doomed your self. Your e book isn’t getting everywhere so which you write something else and attitude an Agent. they choose to appreciate no rely in case you have any matrerial printed, then they choose to appreciate no rely if it offered. Yours has not, they ask your self why and wont settle to your artwork. you are able to desire to ask why your artwork hasn’t offered. Self-Publishing could make or ruin you and extremely in many circumstances it breaks you, now you will war to post something which includes your history. i will’t urge people adequate to make sure each angel of Publishing and in my basic opinion stay removed from Self-publishing. Sorry to grant you basically undesirable information, in spite of the undeniable fact that it particularly is not your e book that wont be prevalent yet you as nicely. i will’t even inform you what to do and you will not get out of it i’m afraid. i’m not an author myself I artwork for the ‘darkish element’, people should not be so afraid of brokers we do not chew that confusing.

  31. I’m an unprofessional author and I when ever I check into looking how hard it would be to publish one of my books, I’m just swept away. Now, sometimes, the business is a little rocky. Your book has to take liking and interest to the person reading, and sometimes not every publisher in the business will want to publish your book. Trust me, there’s major critics out there.

  32. my advice is to finish the book and buy a copy of ‘from pitch to publication’ by carole blake and ‘the writers yearbook’ by barry turner.

  33. It’s far better to publish as a Kindle book, which is free. Only problem is you will have to work hard to promote your book.

  34. Major publishing houses will not accept submissions that don’t come through an agent, and agents reject 98% to 99% of the query letters they receive. Once you get past that filter, then they ask for a partial manuscript, and many of those are rejected. Then comes the full manuscript and more are rejected. If you get past all that, then the editors work you over with rewrites. But, once published, it is very rewarding.

  35. And definitely DO NOT put your story away for a few months after writing it. I tried this once and it ruined a fantastic story. The problem is that you won’t be in the same mind set when you return to your story months later, which means details and insights you had when the ideas were fresh won’t come to you during your rewrites. Basically you’ll be creating a watered down version of your story. You’ll have all the basic elements, but none of the depth that would have made it stand out. It’s best to get it all done at once. Do your outline, your drafts, and your rewrites as soon as possible.

  36. I’m not sure about the page count, but just to stay on the safe side, keep the amount of pages over one-hundred. It could be one-hundred and twelve, and so on. Normally I see that quantity of pages in a book. The page count doesn’t really have a mandatory amount. It just needs to be a full book! Make it juicy and long, and shoot for as far as possible. Just don’t go for like, seven hundred, LOL.

  37. That’s not what you should be asking. Your question should be “Is my book good enough to get published?” There are usually very good reasons why books are rejected by pubishers and they can range from rotten writing to submitting to the wrong publisher – you wouldn’t submit a rock-climbing true adventure to a romance publisher -but people do submit to the wrong genres all the time.

  38. The Writer’s Market is a good book to explore. Most public libraries will have a copy. It is best to get an agent to handle your work for you. They are professionals at dealing with the publishers. Most publishers just cannot deal with unsolicited manuscripts directly from authors.

  39. On that scale? About -20.Even though it is not completely publishing a book, there is a website that can sell your book as an ebook, which can be read on iphone and ipad etc, they usually take a % of the sale but I believe if you submit a book in December you receive 100% of the fee.

  40. Very hard. You get rejected a lot.

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