What are your goals for your book? And if you have figured that out did you do it before or during the process of writing it out or after? There are many options to go with. I know a writer who just wants to write a book and is quite happy at stopping at one and is okay if it is published or not. I know another who has written a number of books but just writes for the pure pleasure of doing so.
Is this where you are at? Or do you want more? Do you want to be published traditionally? Perhaps you are going the self publish route. Maybe you will be a hybrid author. Do you want to have an agent? You could stick it out on your own and submit to those houses that don’t require you have one.
Do you plan on having an editor? If so which one? There are a number of different editors out there from copy editor, line editor, developmental editor and so on. Do you plan on having your book beta read or go through the gauntlet of a critique group?
I can go on. There is so much involved in a book and the old phrase comes to haunt me when I first started on this path. Writing is the easy part. Well folks that is so very true. The real work starts when you are done. But if you wait until the book is done before you define your goals in essence you are already behind.
How important in having a decent cover for your book matters to you? Not sure? Let me ask a different way. When you are in a bookstore, yes they still exist, and going up and down the aisle what catches your eye to pick up a book? Is it the cover? Is it the synopsis on the back? Perhaps it is both. There are sooooo many books out there competing for buyers attention each wanting you to pick it up and examine it. One way is to get a cover that is pleasing to the eye.
One of my writer friends from Canada just requested her rights back and signed up with a different publisher. The graphic artist she is working with now gave her a cover that dissolved her into tears. The main reason being the design that was presented to her had nothing to do with the theme of the book. And when she asked for our honest opinion I told her how it was not very good. Well, the design was good but it did not describe the pages inside.
Creating a cover, whether you do it or a publishing house, to make your book be pleasing is the first step into finding a reader and hopefully a long life fan. It is that important. We can talk about the hook of our manuscript all day long. But if you cover turns away potential buyers they will never get to see if your hook will make them fall madly in love with the rest of your novel.
I came across two curse words in one of my readings. The curse words, well to me, is vanity press. When I was first starting out I had no problem having them contact me. There are a variety of these publishers out there.
You can either be traditional, self published or both. Then you have the vanity houses. But not all publishing houses are the same. Some will ask for money up front. This is also known as vanity press. To be honest they are not interested in what your book is about or if it has promise. They are about the money and how they can get you to work with them, for them and eventually pay them.
Knowing about them early on gave me better protection. However, the last few months I have been hearing writers talk about them like it is a good thing. Let me say up front if this is where you want to go then hey it’s your money. But the bottom line is there are so many other avenues to getting your work out there.
You have traditional and self publishing which continues to evolve as the years go by. Stigmas on either has also evolves some for the better some not so much. But there is not a need to spend hard earn money to get your book out. Not every writer has the funds to do so, and even if the desire to get your book out is strong and it is for all of us, be careful where you place your baby.
It took you a long time to write it, edit it, revise it, edit it again, revise it again and finally get it in the best shape you can get it in. Why place it in the hands of people who to be quite blunt don’t care about your storyline but more about your wallet.