Traditional Publishing (By a Publisher)

In the twenty-first century the odds of getting a traditional publisher to contract to publish and market your book are not good. But, you might be lucky. If you choose this route expect to submit your proofed and edited manuscript to numerous agents and or publishers. It is highly recommended that you hire an agent as they have the contacts with the publishers.

  1. The proliferation of home computers and rapid and on-going increase in the number of retirees, unemployed and under-employed workers have increased the desire and ease of writing a book.
  2. At the same time the consolidation of the publishing business by merger and acquisition has greatly reduced the diversity and number of staff editors at publishing houses.
  3. The general population in The United States is reading less and less from print. 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college. 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. 57 percent of new books are not read to completion. 70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance. 70 percent of the books published do not make a profit. (Source: Jerold Jenkins)

Step-By-Step How To
Step One: Get Your Manuscript Read by Beta Readers.
Step Two: Edit Your Manuscript.
Step Three: Find the Right Publisher/Agent for Your Genre and Audience.
Step Four: Format Your Manuscript as Instructed by Each Publisher/Agent.
Step Five: Keep Submitting Your Manuscript...Don't Just Sit and Wait.
Step Six: Learn All you can About Intellectual Property Rights.
Step Seven: If You are Offered a Contract Hire a Lawyer.
Step Eight: Don't Act Surprised When the Limo Arrives With Your Advance Check.