Writing a book that keeps the readers engaged is certainly a difficult task, but finding a good publisher to launch your book in the market is even more challenging, especially when you are an aspiring writer. New authors do not have as many options to publish their work as other established writers. If you think that a good agent or a connection in the industry can help you find a good publisher, you may have to widen your options.
Until you do the necessary groundwork and present your work in a professional manner, it will not be possible to hone in on a reliable publisher. Given below are some important aspects that will help you find the right publisher for your book.
Do a comprehensive market research: Contrary to the common conception that you can find a good publisher by calling each of the publishers in your area, the fact is that you can make a better impression by first analyzing the different publishers in your area and then finding the ones who print books like the one that you have written. To find such publishers, you can start by visiting different bookstores and noting down the names of publishers who print books in the same category as your book. For example, if you are writing a good English book, find and note down the details of English book publishers that suit your kind of writing.
Start doing your homework:
Once you have found out the publishers’ name in the books, start by noting down their office addresses and other contact details. Next, try to send an email or try to contact the editor of the publishing house personally. While some publishing houses are only interested in the story idea and your previous writing experiences, others might want to read the entire manuscript of the book.
Similarly, while some publishing houses accept manuscripts from anybody, others will not even see your manuscript unless it is recommended by an agent. Similarly, you might also want to find a good agent to present your book to the publishing house.
Evaluate the publisher:
Even though you might be in a hurry to get your book on the shelves, always remember that a publisher can make or break your book’s success. Hence evaluating the publisher is important. Although you can definitely get a few recommendations from your friends, you can judge the quality of a publisher by going through some of the pieces that have been previously launched by the publishing house.
First, go through the books published by the house and check if the cover of the book is appealing. Although, a book’s content does not have to do anything with the cover, the fact remains that many people still judge a book by its cover. Secondly, go through the content and check if you like reading the book or are getting bored on the first few pages itself. Also check the credentials of the author to ascertain that the publishing house only
publishes pieces of renowned authors.
Preparing the manuscript:
Once you have verified the genuineness of the publisher, it is time for you to prepare your manuscript. The best English book publishers do not have time to go through rough pages of written content. Therefore, if you are approaching an English book publishing company with a manuscript, make sure that it is well formatted and prepared for an easy read. Print or type your manuscript on high quality paper in readable font of decent size.
All other factors notwithstanding, you cannot ignore the cost of publishing a book. Find a publisher that offers a cost-effective package without compromising on other things.