There are many insider secrets in the world of publishing. If you’re writing a book, or want to, read this article and discover four valuable secrets. These secrets will not only help you to write your book, they’ll also help you to get it published.
It’s been almost 30 years since my first book was published, and I can still remember my excitement. There’s nothing more thrilling than seeing your first book on bookstore shelves.
Secret 1. It’s All About Book Buyers
Did you notice that I said book “buyers”, rather than readers? Your book needs to sell, firstly to an acquisitions editor at a publishing house of course, and then to bookshop buyers. Whether or not your next book is published depends on the numbers: how many copies of your first book were sold by bookshops.
This means that you need to take marketing your book seriously. If you show you’re keenly aware of the importance of book sales, you’re more likely to get a publishing contract.
Secret 2. You’re the Only Expert on Your Book
You’re the only expert on your book, because you had the original idea: the inspiration. Your name will also be the only name on the cover.
If you remember that, you won’t ask people for advice who aren’t qualified to give it (friends and family), and you’ll take advice from those who are qualified (your agent and editor) with a grain of salt.
Secret 3. Think in Terms of a Series, Because Publishers Do
I always encourage my writing students to consider writing a series, rather than writing a standalone book. There a two reasons for this.
The first reason is that publication takes time. If you complete your first book and wait until that’s published before you write your second book, you could be waiting years.
The second reason is that any publisher who offers you a contract wants to know that you’re prolific, because it takes time to build an author’s name. If you’re already writing Book Three when a publisher shows interest in Book One, you may well be offered a multi-book contract.
Secret 4. Sell Your Book While You’re Writing It
Never wait until you’ve completed a book before you try and sell it. You should be promoting your book as soon as you get your idea and write an outline.
So there you have four publishing insider secrets which will help you to write your book and get it published.
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