Publish A Book

Written by Christa Gatewood
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If you want to publish a book, there are a few things you should consider. The first thing you should think about is whether the book is ready to be published or not. If you publish a book for yourself, it will not automatically go through the editing process.

At a trade publishing house, the manuscripts are closely edited before they are produced. This weeds out all of the grammatical, spelling, and typing errors that may be present. Moreover, editors also work with authors on matters of content, and their advice and guidance can be the difference between a good book and a great book. When you publish your own book, you may skip this valuable process, but you shouldn't. You need to have someone else's eyes take a look at the manuscript before you set it in print. You can have a trusted colleague serve as editor, or you can hire a professional editor or editing service to help.

What to Do When You're Ready to Publish

Once you are sure your book is ready for publishing, you should do some research about your options. In the self-publishing world, you basically have two choices. You can either produce a large number of books in one big order, or you can opt to have books be produced and shipped as they
are bought. The advantage of the latter option is you never have to inventory any books and you are never at risk financially since you are printing them as they are bought.

If you put in a large order for books, you will save a lot of money per book. You will, however, be stuck with a large inventory of books should you be unable to sell them. Most authors buy 50 or so books for their private use for friends, family, and colleagues and sell their book on demand through online retailers.

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