In this day and age authors have a lot more options when it comes to choosing a publisher. Back in the day not everybody had access to computers and writers did their research in libraries. Only a daring few were confident enough in their abilities to try to have their book published.
This is because the only publishing route back then was through traditional publishing. But nowadays prospective authors have so many options and opportunities on how to have their books published. And with all these opportunities you should be careful to choose the best route.
1. What are my true motives?
Your true motives should be clear cut from the start. If you want to sell your book to family and friends, then self-publishing is your best course of action. But if you want to truly sell your book, then you should try either getting an agent, querying standard small press, or a combination of both.
You can re-publish a self-published book by changing the name, some from the text, obtaining a new ISBN number (thats another article), and finding perfect traditional depress. Self-publishing is quick and simple.
Traditional publishing will take on a year, for you to line up book reviewers, have them read and write reviews, and submit the information to publications, such as Publishers Once a week.
2. Is my book salable?
When it comes to this question you have to be well informed and honest with yourself. Send out your manuscript to fellow authors and ask for their honest opinion on your book.
This can be very difficult for most writers to handle because all authors hate having their work criticized. But you should take it as a way for you to improve your craft.
3. How do I promote and sell my book?
Promoting and selling your book can be very difficult. This is because you have a lot of competition on hand and there is the fact that promotion can be expensive especially for self-publishing authors.
So the best thing you should do in order to promote your book is to find a budget friendly but effective way to promote your book.
Luckily there are various ways that you can promote your book. One great example is using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter to spread word of your book. It is effective and costs next to nothing.
You can also sell your books through online retailers. That way, you no longer need to rely on old fashioned bookstores to sell your book.
4. Who is my target audience?
Before you set out and write your book, you should have a target audience in mind. This usually depends on your chosen genre. Depending on your chosen genre you could make out how you should market your book. You can also decide who your target audience is.
5. What is my budget
It is very important that you have a clear estimate on how much you can spend on publishing your book. The publishing process can tale a long time and a good amount of money to conduct effectively.
So as early from the start you should make a budget on each process.By having an honest estimate on your budget you can avoid spending a fortune on unnecessary publishing expenses.