This spring, let’s go back to basics and focus on Publishing, more specifically, how you can Get Published Today. Today, Penny will walk us through how to answer the question: “Is my book ready to be published?”
Most of us think that our book is done when we’ve put the last line on the page. But that’s really only the beginning. No, I’m not talking about marketing. This comes much sooner. First off, did you write a book that’s saleable? This might be an odd question to ask yourself after you’ve finished writing the book, but better to ask now than when you’re in the throes of marketing it, wondering what you did wrong because books aren’t selling.
The idea here is to make sure that you have a viable book and a viable market. Better to do this research prior to the launch. So, where do you begin? Well, first off you begin with doing bookstore research. And note this, if there isn’t a book out there on your topic, there might be a reason why. Ask the clerk at the bookstore if you’re not sure. You can bet they’ll know if there’s a book like yours. If there is, buy it or buy a few of them, or all of them. Get to know who else is writing in your space and before you turn your book over to an editor for editing and clean up, make sure that you’ve added all the pieces you need to add and addressed all of the issues related to this subject area. I find that doing this kind of research really helps me to craft an exceptional book. Knowing what’s out there is really important, and knowing what your reader wants and expects is vital to the success of your book. We’ll delve more into all of this as we dig through the pages of this book. However for now, know that it’s important to know your market inside and out.
Don’t miss earlier posts in the series! Click on the links for Back to Basics 1: Facts about Trade Publishing and Back to Basics 2: Defining your publishing goals!