BEWLEYBOOKS: How publishing has changed
Updated: May 27
Following on from the previous blog about the publishing environment, you might not not that, in reality, publishing hasn't changed all that much. It is an industry that is still controlled (in the main) by the big five publishing houses:
Penguin Random House
Simon & Schuster
However, you still have to get the attention of a member of the editorial staff in either of those companies, who would be willing to spend time assessing your manuscript.
If you chose to do it alone (i.e. self-publish) you still have to be able to put your story into print, get it online and learn the formatting process before you even get to hit that 'publish' button.
After all this, you then sit and wait for the sales to start racking up. But they don't and you wonder why.
You see, the publishing of your book is the relatively easy part. The publisher can assess and accept your book, begin to print and then promote it on a grand scale but, if people don't want to read it, they're not going to buy it.
Then you give up, sit alone with your pc/laptop/iPad, depressed and wonder where you went wrong.
What has changed, my dears, is the marketing
· to know your work
· to like you as a person
· to get to know your characters and the tale you want to tell
They are the key ingredients.
In comparison, publishing is relatively easy. It's just making sure you get the right set of algorithms, being persistent with getting those words sorted and taking the time to understand the formats you have to save your document in to get it onto whichever platform it needs to be uploaded to - are some of the hardest parts.
But there is more to it than that and in my next blog, you'll learn more.
Until then, all my best,
Kaye is a freelance publisher, author and certified psychotherapist with over three decades of experience. She is also a writer for various blogs about writing, publishing, travelling and health care.
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