How To Publish A Book

Written by Christa Gatewood
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There is more to publishing a book than just printing. Publishing entails several very important steps that should not be overlooked. If you only concern yourself with turning your manuscript into a printed book, you will end up with a mediocre book that will never sell.

The Five Steps to Publishing a Book

The first step to publishing a book is editing. You have to get your manuscript in tip-top shape before you publish. This may require you do to several rewrites. It may also require you to seek the help of an editorial service. Whatever method you choose, be sure your book is error-free.

Step two is designing your book. You have to decide if your book will be a hardcover or a softcover. You also have to design the book cover so that it will convey the tone of the book and appeal to buyers. There are some design services that specialize in book covers that you can employ. Step three is marketing the book. This begins even before you print the book because you need to solicit positive comments for the back cover.

Step four is to print the books. You can choose from a number of different companies to print your books. Some companies will only offer printing services and others will offer additional publishing services. Try to find the best deal you can, and never sign away your rights if you have to pay for publishing. The final step in publishing is that of distribution and promotion. You have to make your book available to the public and let the public know it's out there. You can list your book with several online book retailers so that it is accessible to millions of readers, but you also have to promote the book so those millions of readers want to buy it.


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