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The Secrets of Book Publishing Everyone Needs to Know!

The Secrets of Book Publishing Everyone Needs to Know!
By T. R. Locke

One of the most difficult parts of writing a book used to be getting it published. When you write a book, you rely on your own ideas, your own research and your own words. However, when it comes to getting a book published traditionally, you have to rely on others. Not anymore.

There are three ways that you can get your book published-through self-publishing, through a publishing company or as an e-book.

Getting a Book Published Through a Traditional Publisher

Getting a book published through a publishing company will guarantee a large distribution, slightly better legitimacy, a better chance for being stocked in bookstores and a better chance for reviews. Publishing companies have large marketing resources to help make sure their books are given the best exposure to the market. Publishing companies also offer editorial services, book design, and target audience marketing to make sure your book has the best chance for success.

The hardest part about getting a book published through a publishing company is getting them interested. Most publishers are looking for the easy sell. What that means is that they chose to publish books by authors who have a demonstrated platform. A platform is a word for audience. When a publishing company considers a new author, the main thing they want to know is who will buy this author’s book. A writer with a demonstrated platform gives the publishing company confidence the book will make a profit. The types of platforms publishers generally look for are authors who are nationally known and can command media attention–this is why so many celebrities are able to write books. Other platforms include large mailing lists or newsletter subscribers, being the head of a large company, having a very active speaking schedule before large audiences, being a TV commentator or radio commentator, being in a high-profile position, being considered an expert in your field, etc.

The second thing a publisher looks for is whether the author has something significant to say. Is the information the wants to communicate timely, unique, interesting, new, fresh, insightful, funny? In the case of fiction, is the story well written, are the characters new, exciting, marketable?

Finally a publisher will want to know what the author is willing to do to help sell the book. Have a marketing proposal ready when meeting with the publishing company. The more you sell your book and make it seem interesting, and profitable, the more likely the company is to publish it.

Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Branch out to many publishing companies. The more companies you target, the more likely you are to get your book published. Fourteen agents rejected Stephanie Meyer’s blockbuster vampire book before one took a chance. To date the book has sold well over 17 million copies. Not everyone will get your vision for your book. The key is to keep trying anyway.

Self-Publishing Your Book

The other method is to publish the book yourself. There are many self-publishing sites available on the web that offer most of the same services of traditional publishers but at a fee. Some offer more detailed services than others, but all are able to produce a book that looks every bit as good as a traditionally published book. Fair warning, some of these services are known rip-offs so do your research, but know that just because a traditional publisher has passed on your book, it does not mean your dream of being a writer has passed too.

Publishing Your Book as an E-Book

Finally with growth of e-books, it is also possible to write your book on your computer and sell it directly in e-book form online. Each of the various readers–Amazon Kindle, I-pad, Nook and Sony e-book reader all have software to convert your computer’s word processing files into a book that can be viewed on their reader. You can then upload and sell your book directly on Amazon. All that you need to do is market as you would a hard copy book–get the word out to everyone with a link to buy it.

Getting a publisher for your book used to be the hardest part of writing a book. In today’s publishing word, that is no longer true. Call today or click here for a more thorough examination of your options and a free, no obligation consultation on the best book publishing option for you.

T. R. Locke is a screenwriter, author and book ghostwriter. For a free consultation on your book (regularly $100), visit http://www.YourGhostwriterOnline.com, click on the “Free $100 Book Consultation Link” and fill in the form.

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Top Book Publishing Companies

When considering various book publishing companies there is quite a bit to take into account. Whether you are just learning, or looking to have your own piece of work published, there are quite a few options. Like music record labels, there are the big and famous, and then there are also many, many lesser known companies. This article will give a brief detail of the top book publishers in North America, or as they can be known, the “Big Six”. This guide illustrates where to get a piece of work published, if a person were looking to do that. Therefore, these are the top six book publishing companies in North America:

Hachette Book Group:

The first on the list of top book publishing companies is Hachette Book Group. This company is the smallest on the list. Previously owned by Time Warner, it is currently owned by the European company Hachette Livre. The most well known imprints include “Little, Brown & Company”, “Orbit”, “FaithWords”, and “Grand Central”.


Next up is HarperCollins. John and James Harper founded this New York based publisher in 1817. Currently with different branches in various cities, its early authors included Mark Twain and Dickens just to name a few. This organization also has a large role as a children book publishing company. HaperCollins’ imprints include “Collins”, “William Morrow”, “Amistad”, “Avon”, and “HarperEntertainment”


Third on the list of top book publishing companies is Macmillan. This company is based in New York City, and is owned by Holtzbrinck. The most notable trade houses of Macmillan include: “St. Martin’s Press”, “Tor”, “Henry Holt”, “Farrar, Straus & Giroux”.

Penguin Group:

Moving right along, next we have Penguin Group. This is the second biggest trade publisher in the world, coming in second right behind Random House. This book publishing company is also known for its Classics series. The Classics series started with their first publication of “The Odyssey”. Since then, they have made printed many more notible book in their Classics series. The most well known imprints include: “Riverhead Books”, “Dutton”, “G.P. Putnam’s Sons”, “Viking”, and “Portfolio”

Random House:

Now we move on to the big boy of book publishing companies. Random House is the biggest trade publisher in the word, and is currently a division of Bertelsmann. This company first made news when it was taken to court in regards to their United States publication of “Ulysses”. Since then, they have branched out and are currently sending out a wide variety of books, including children’s books. Some of their notable imprints include: “Doubleday Broadway”, “Alfred A. Knopf”, “Bantam Dell”, and “Crown Publishing Group”.

Simon & Schuster:

Last on the list is Simon & Schuster. This company, owned by CBS, releases just under 2,000 books a year. Their notable imprints include: “Scribner”, “Simon & Schuster”, “Free Press”, and “Pocket”.

Well there you have it, a list of the top book publishing companies on this side of the globe (if you are reading in North America, that is). Hope you found what you were looking for in this article.

Finally, if you would like to learn more about book publishing, visit http://www.bookpublishingcompanies.org

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