Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 3

24 Apr

By Nesher Ehrman
 
Hi. Welcome back to Realizing Your Writing Potential. If ‘welcome’ would be more suited than ‘welcome back’, then you should read part 1 and 2 first. If you have read the first two installments of this series, then get your work cap on, because work is going to happen today.
 
In the previous parts, we covered all the stages up until the point when you have writing material ready to publish. Let’s assume that material is a book. Whether it’s an anthology of short stories, a collection of poems or a general breakdown and dissection of 16th-century literary achievement which six people would want to read – your book is ready to go. Now what?
 
The first step is to decide how you want to publish your book. In general terms, there are three accepted paths to get a book published:
 
1) Pay a company or an agent to get it ready, publish it, and sell it
2) Contact a publishing company and produce it together with them, after which they’re in charge of publication and sales
3) Producing and publishing your book yourself and then selling it through an internet medium
 
In Part 4 we’ll cover the second path, and the third will be adressed in Part 5, the final installment in this series. 
 
‘But what about the first path?’ Good question. The simple answer is, ‘don’t do that one’. If you’ve never published a book and you’re not a celebrity publishing their biography, chances are that this course is not the right one for you. Having someone design a cover for you, edit your work and publish your book costs a lot of money for uncertain return. Additionally, once the book is out, the company doesn’t neccesarily care what happens next. Chances are, you’re better off choosing the second or third course of action. 
 
In Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4, we’ll get into how to contact and publish with a recognized publishing company. See you there!
 
To see more of Nesher Ehrman’s work – mostly short stories and poems – feel free to free-fall to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
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One Response to “Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 3”

  1. Lorna's Voice April 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I sort of cringe when I see celebrities doing the talk show circuit promoting their books. I have a feeling they had little to do with their book and they get so much attention and glory for it. Meanwhile, all of us hard working authors are out here writing very good stuff and most of it will never get into the hands and hearts of a wide audience. There seems to be something fundamentally wrong with that picture. But there is a lot wrong with business–and writing (or publishing) is a business.

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