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How Hard is it to Get a Book Published – 2020 Guide

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Written by John Marmolejo

It is said that more than 2.5 billion books are published each year. Between half and one million of them come from the United States alone, which means that millions of authors are trying to get recognized by the public. The statistic shows that each of these books gets at least 250 copies, and if they sell fast, they will get republished and they will get more copies. The success of these titles depends not only on the author and the story behind the covers, but it also depends on the book editing and the company that publishes them. Some of these novels will get better marketing, and more people will hear about them, while others will get lost with the other titles and they won’t sell all the copies.

If you are an aspiring writer, and if you want to produce your first title, then you have a long way ahead of you. The whole process begins with the idea you have, and it continues with the first line you ever write. Experienced writers suggest that creating the novel is just one part of the whole journey and that the print itself will take a lot of work. In this 2020 guide, we are going to talk about the issuing of books, and how hard it is to get your work published. Continue reading if you want to learn all the steps that go into this, and if you want to find out how you can speed the whole thing up.

How to start and what to do?

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Let’s first talk about the basics, and what you need to do to get to your name on the cover of a title in a bookstore. First, you need to realize why you want to do it. Are you interested in writing a novel just because you feel you have nothing better to do, or are you interested in becoming a world-famous author? This is important because it will keep you motivated even when you want to just give up and throw everything away. Find the reason why you want to do it and think about if you are ready to accept this challenge.

Next comes the writing part. Sit down and write. That’s all. It may take you just a few weeks (and a small miracle) to finish it, or it may take several months, or even several years. Know that it is okay to take your time, and writer’s block is common. Take breaks, go out, do things. You will get your inspiration back sooner or later.

Before taking the next step, after you are done, you should get some feedback. Talk to your friends about reading it, and if possible, consult with another writer, or someone from the publishing company if they have any remarks or ideas.

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Once you’ve done all the preliminary changes, you need to choose a great title. This is something that will make people read your novel, or just continue browsing. Spend enough time thinking about it, and choose something catchy and something that will make the audience wonder what’s inside the covers.

The most important part is choosing the right editor. This person will help you get the best out of your work. It is said that when choosing book editing companies, or people, you should not do it in a rush. This person can help you become one of the most famous authors, or they can be the reason why your novel ends up in the back of the library.

Once all that is done, you need to consult with the publishing company on the design of the cover and talk about the prices. They can help you out with the little details that can come along the way, and they can also help you out with the marketing part.

How to find a book editor?

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According to editmojo.com, when it comes to book editing, you need to choose a person who will look at every sentence, check all the words, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and clarity.

Before hiring someone, you should always start small and give them a simple task. See how they perform and if you like what they have done with the copy. The book editor cost can vary depending on the experience, knowledge, skills of the editor, as well as the size of your novel. Know that you usually get what you paid for, so if someone gives you a great deal, it is probably not worth it.

Spend your time researching, and don’t forget to vet all the people you come in contact with. If possible, find out who the companies are behind the best titles on the market, and if it is something in your budget, then try to hire one of them. Know that eBook editing is always an option, and this way you can get things done faster, and in some cases, better.

How to find the right issuing company?

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There are three ways to publish a novel – you can do it yourself, hire a company, or just get a traditional publicizer who will get everything done. There are pros and cons to all of these options, so it is crucial to know your strengths and to know what you can do to make sure as many people as possible can see it.

When it comes to traditional issuers, they pay you to get the title publicized, and they get most of the money out of it. The second option – a company, you will have to pay them for the service. Even though this is the more expensive option, you will still own most of the right of your work. The third, and final option is to get everything done yourself. The third option is the most demanding one and the most rewarding one. However, if you are a first-time writer, it is always better to go with one of the first two options and have someone in your corner that will help you throughout the way.

Even though getting your work publicized is not something that is too hard, you need to spend enough time getting all the details in order. Do as much as you can to focus on the marketing, and know that the editor and the publishing company can make the difference between you becoming world-famous and you not selling more than a dozen copies.

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