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Everybody's doing it!

Get the Lowdown on Getting Published

Jo Condrill

Getting published today is easier than ever. You can write a manuscript and have it printed in book form within 14 days. That book you've been wanting to write can definitely be on your coffee table before the end of the year! Of course, that assumes that you know what you want to write and can devote uninterrupted time to getting it written.

Fewer people use the yellow pad for manuscripts now that computers are so easy to own and operate. Some people have latched onto the idea of talking into their computers and having printed matter come back to them. Then there is the recording method of talking your book into a recorder and having someone else type it out. There's just no excuse for not writing that book! All it takes is time, thought, and writing.

Ask Yourself
There are many things to think about. For example, why do you want to write? It's easy to begin writing. I've begun books that are still on the proverbial back burner, and I have a few more book ideas, waiting for me to be less busy. On the other hand, I've written and published three books. One is a best seller which has been translated into five languages.

Next questions: Who would read what you write?Will it be a memoir for family members or a potential best seller? What else has been written on the topic you have chosen? You can easily scan, but it's better to go to a bookstore and see what they are carrying on your topic. Are you prepared to follow through and market what you have written?

Once you've rewritten the first draft a few times, you are ready to share it with others--peers and an editor. Yes, it takes time, talent, and endurance!

Should You Self-Publish?

Then it's decision time: Do you want to self-publish what you've written or submit the manuscript to publishing houses? There is a lot to be considered, beginning with the resources to self- publish. It will cost a few thousand dollars. If your bank account does not allow that, you do have options: find a sponsor, coauthor, or loan. Self-publishing sets you off on an adventure! There is a lot to be learned and many resources to help you through the maze.

Finding a publishing house to publish your work may not be any easier. How well do you take rejection? Major houses generally prefer to work with agents. So, your first step is to do a little research. As you're looking at the books on your subject in the bookstore, make a list of the publishers and their location. Then as you begin to send out query letters, start with those. You would definitely benefit from a review of Jeff Herman's Writers Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents. Also consider an experienced writing and publishing coach to help you along the way.

Who Is Going to Sell It?

The last thing I was thinking of when I began to write my first book with Bennie Bough, Ph.D. in 1997 was marketing it! It seemed simple enough to publish a book that we would sell at the back of the room after our presentations. We discovered, though, that other opportunities abound and it soon became obvious that I needed to learn a lot more about marketing. Book signing was one of the obvious solutions and we soon were signing our book at major bookstore outlets.
Of course, bookstores are not the only place to do book signings. One highlight for me was signing at the Barnes and Noble store in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Another highlight was doing a book signing tour of eleven cities in the Southwest US. What a learning experience! The best signing of all was a visit to the Barnes and Noble store in El Paso, Texas. There the Community Relations Manager had a vast sales background and excellent connections to the local media. You don't find that at all stores and Barnes and Noble do not include media in their efforts. However, I did three television interviews, a radio interview, and had an article about the book with full color cover in the local newspaper. There was standing room only after employees hauled in all the chairs in the store. Publicity and experience make a huge difference!

What to do?

There is a lot of information available on writing and publishing. I worked my way through Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual in 1997, made a checklist, and started down the self-publishing route to get the book out quickly and maintain control over the title and other decisions concerned with getting it published. I'm not the best writer in the world, though I did win an award for my research paper on Civilians on the Battlefield. For my books, though, I relied heavily on good editors and designers to develop a professional looking book. The first book took nine months from concept to market.

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