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Understanding Your Publishing and Professional Service Options

Greetings. Here’s the guide I promised in my last newsletter. Feel free to get in touch if you have a specific question.

Understanding Your Publishing and Professional Service Options

Just so you know, it’s never too soon or too late to start thinking about whether you want to publish or to consider your publishing option. However, it is important to know your audience – your reader’s demographics, i.e. age, gender(s), level of education, etc. That will allow you to generate language and subject-appropriate copy.

Today you have a multitude of choices beyond traditional publishing due to the evolving publishing industry. Besides conventional routes, you can explore paths like self-publishing, hybrid, or cooperative publishing to guide you through the process of publishing your work. Here are some tips to choose how and who to publish your book.

  1. Navigating Traditional Publishing Houses – Learn their motives for selecting. Traditional publishers select those books they believe will ensure a lucrative return on investment by representing fresh, innovative content with reliable market appeal. They analyze trends in book sales to gauge the potential market for your work. In addition, they look for authors with a solid following platform, to warrant their investment. Discover what they’re looking for and see if you match their objective and if they will meet yours.
  2. Setting Clear Objectives – Expand your ambitions beyond book sales for your publishing journey. Though that may be your main objective, it’s important to recognize that achieving significant sales figures can be challenging for many authors. Consider other ambitions and benefits you’ll derive from your journey. Research feasible possibilities to establish realistic expectations and lay a solid groundwork for publication.
  3. Maintaining Flexibility – Find a balance between preserving the integrity of your work and being receptive to suggestions from publishers and editors. Their experience and impartial viewpoint can often refine and enhance your work with subtle adjustments. Read your work with as much objectivity as possible. When in doubt, run it by a few trusted friends or collogues. If you think your family can be objective, ask them as well.
  4. Leveraging Public Relations – Effective PR is crucial for ensuring the appropriate media coverage. Professional PR management and social media specialists are highly recommended for optimal results. Investigate your publisher’s PR department, as third-party endorsements can significantly enhance your credibility without necessitating self-promotion.
  5. Key Considerations in Publisher Selection – Avoid excessive pursuit of a traditional book deal, considering the lengthy timeline involved. Have a contingency plan, such as self-publishing or collaborating with a publishing corporation. Explore alternatives. If you’re not getting a response from agents or the response you’d like is not forthcoming, be open to other avenues that are now available.
  6. Engaging Professional Assistance – Consider partnering with a full-service or cooperative publishing entity to streamline the publishing process. Professional publishers can extend your book’s reach to various outlets and readers, including physical stores and international markets. Investigate the publishing market. You will have put a lot of work into your creation. Take time and invest in your success.
  7. Prioritizing Editing – Regardless of the chosen publishing route, enlist the services of a seasoned editor experienced in handling full-length manuscripts. Hiring a professional editor is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, they bring a fresh perspective to your work, identifying areas for improvement that you might have overlooked. Secondly, they possess a trained eye for grammar, syntax, and style, ensuring your writing is clear, concise, and error-free. Additionally, professional editors understand the nuances of the publishing industry, helping you tailor your manuscript to meet industry standards and audience expectations. Ultimately, their expertise elevates the quality of your work, increasing its chances of success in the competitive publishing market. Get Referrals and find someone you can easily work with. Compatibility and effective teamwork are pivotal for a successful collaboration.
  8. Seeking Early Guidance – Tap into the expertise of publishers from the outset to transform your vision into a commercial triumph. Don’t hesitate to seek advice and leverage their complementary skills.

Choosing the right publisher and other professions is a critical step in the publishing process. With an array of editing, marketing, and publishing strategies available, thorough research and strategic decision-making are essential for authors.

 Side Note: Here’s the information I suggested you tune into last week.  If you’re ready for editing, get in touch for a quote or an initial complimentary 30-minute consultation reserved for new clients.




Jasmyne Consulting - 30 year’s experience - Creative Book Writing Coach/Editor for Memoirs and Novels, helping clients overcome writer’s block to successfully complete and publish their work. She helps writers at all levels including ESL clients. Freelance writing for resumes, proposals business and query letters, blogs, brochures, websites.

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