I know there are many writers who claim to do well self-publishing. I applaud and commend them for their efforts. However, be aware that this involves a great deal of intensive work on the part of the writer and often requires a costly lay-out of expenses for professional services such as cover art and editing if the writer wants to present a quality product.
My suggestion is to try traditional publishing first. Let’s assume you have written a unique book, whether fiction or nonfiction. You have made certain that there are no obvious typos or grammatical errors. You now feel ready to present it.
Step One: create a query letter. Google for suggestions. There are many detailed articles on this topic available for free on the internet. Generally, query letters which you send to agents are going to be relatively short. Agents are busy people and these days they have shorter attention spans than ever. So you want your letter to sound as interesting and professional as possible. Describe the genre of your book, the length, and give a brief, intriguing blurb in your first paragraph.
Second paragraph, offer your expertise for writing this particular book. Give any background info that will impress the agent. What have you previously had published?
Any awards for writing in this subject area?
Step Two: Now that you have put together a general query letter, start examining the various agents. Get a listing that tells you what the various agents are interested in representing. You don’t want to send a query for a romance novel to an agent who only represents nonfiction.
Do some research on Google. Start with the better known agents in your genre. You can always work your way down.
Pay close attention to the directions for querying and follow them exactly. Should agents responds affirmatively, submit what they request in the prescribed manner.
The top agents work with the big publishers. They in turn pay advances, get your novel reviewed by influential review publications as well as providing PR people who help provide publicity and promotion. Most of all, the big publishing houses have distribution. This is vitally important if your book is going to sell and be read by the public.
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Good luck to you in getting your book well-published!
Wishing each of you great success and recognition in your field of expertise.
Questions and comments are most welcome here.