Perhaps you have information or experiences that others could benefit from.
And perhaps you have even taken the extreme step of writing down that information in the best way you know how.
If you read my previous series on writing your own book, then you have already learned the methods for creating the text.
And hopefully you have taken action and produced your manuscript.
Clearly, the next question becomes "What now?" How do you go from a MS-Word file (or even PDF file) to a published book that people are willing to spend money on? That's what this series is going to answer.
There are four main avenues for getting your printed (or electronic) words in front of the buying public.
The four ways are: 1.
Traditional Publishing 2.
Print on Demand 4.
eBook Let's go through each one briefly right now, then in future articles we'll explain the process in a little more detail.
Traditional Publishing This is what most people think of when they thing of publishing.
You send your manuscript to Random House, or Scholastic Books, or Viking Press, or any one of a hundred different publishing companies, and a few weeks later your phone rings.
On the other end is an excited editor who has decided that your book is so good that it must be published immediately.
Then he offers you a massive advance, and you're on your way! Well, it doesn't often happen like that, but there's always a chance.
This road is long and hard and fraught with danger - yet there is a great payoff on the other side.
Self-Publishing For all you do-it-yourselfers out there, this could be the way to go.
This is how I got my start in the publishing business back in 2001, and it continues to be a favorite project of mine.
Self-publishing is basically taking the work the a traditional publisher might do (create covers, edit the book, fill out the legal paperwork, layout the chapters, deal with printers and bookstores, etc.
) and doing it all yourself.
If you like control and don't mind juggling a million details, this could be the best option for you.
Print on Demand Sometimes called vanity presses, print-on-demand houses take your money and manuscript and return a finished book to you.
In most cases you can then order additional copies of your book which they will print on an "as needed" basis.
Essentially, when a copy of the book is needed, they print one for you.
This is a viable compromise between giving up all control (Traditional publishing) and being responsible for everything (Self Publishing).
eBook This is clearly the easiest and least costly option.
Simply start with a MS-Word file (or whatever word processor you are using, and create a PDF file from it.
PDF stands for "Portable Document Format" and it is the standard way of storing published information.
Once you manuscript has been converted to PDF, it will look and feel and read like an electronic book.
And you can begin to charge money for it.