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You’ve finished drafting your great story, it’s been perfected through multiple rounds of editing, and you have an absolutely amazing cover designed for it.

Now what?

Obviously, you’ve written the book for someone to read it, right? Therefore, you don’t want to just leave it in manuscript form, in a file somewhere, or thrown in a desk drawer. Ultimately, your book wasn’t written for you, but for your audience. So, it’s time to get it published and into the reader’s hands.

To that end, there are three primary types of publishing options from which to choose:

TRADE BOOK PUBLISHER: This type of publisher is one that will acquire your manuscript and completely own editing, producing, and publishing it. They sell the books typically seen in a brick-and-mortar bookstore and can produce it in a variety of formats: hardcover, trade or mass market paperback, e-books, audiobooks, etc.

Their entire purpose is to take your manuscript and make as much money as possible off of it. This is why you may send your draft or proposal to them for review and it gets rejected.  Why? Because traditional trade publishers are considering potential consumer readership and marketability. If they don’t believe that they will be able to garner a high percentage of volume, revenue, or profit from the promotion and sales of your book, then they will not acquire it.

There are many traditional publishers in the U.S.; however, the “Big-Five” are:

  • Hachette Book Group
  • HarperCollins
  • Macmillan Publishers
  • Penguin Random House
  • Simon and Schuster

SELF-PUBLISHING SERVICES: With that said, enter in the self-publishing company; also known as DIY Publishers, Vanity Presses, or Subsidy Publishers. A self-publishing company allows you, the Author, to see your work published, in print (or online) and accessible to your readers.

So, where the trade book publisher takes the risk and foots the bill to publish your book, in this case, you own financially supporting all aspects of the publishing process. They may even provide assistance with promotions; however, you will need to purchase these services.

Examples of self-publishing services: | Createspace | Xlibris | Xulon Press | Blab | Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Press

HYBRID PUBLISHER: There is a third option. Where on one end, you have traditional publishing, and on the other end self-publishing, somewhere in the middle, you have services offered by hybrid publishers.

Although they differ greatly in terms, hybrid’s generally offer you levels of cost-efficient in-house manuscript development and editorial expertise, as well as production, distribution, and promotional support. All while walking with you hand in hand throughout the entire process.

Many new Authors have even used the Hybrid as a way to perfect their manuscript prior to submission to a Self-Publishing or Trade Book Publisher.

No matter which option you choose for your book project, get it published… get your book out there to an audience who can read your words and be blessed by them! 

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