You've written the best story you know how, and you've made the terrifying and thrilling decision to share it with the world. What's next?
Remember those goals I said you needed? This is where they become vital.
There are three avenues to publish, each with their own pros and cons: traditional publisher, vanity publisher, and self publisher. I'll go into these a little bit, but if you read nothing else, pay attention to this:
Do your research! Not every publisher is a fit for you and your goals. Research publishers and figure out which one best fits your needs.
These are established publishing houses with a history of publishing books and authors who are household names. Publishers like HarperCollins and Penguin. They publish hardback, paperback and online, and they have deals with big box and online stores like Barnes & Noble, Walmart and Target.
If you're thinking about submitting your manuscript to a traditional publisher, here are some things to keep in mind.
These are the companies where you pay them to publish your work. Be very careful with this type of publisher and do your research! Some vanity publishers offer services like cover art design, editing and promotions - so you are getting some support for your money. Some will give you a product without any support or services and will only want to market it to your family and friends.
If you want to use a vanity publisher, here are some things to consider:
With self publishing, you own the entire process. You decide what you'll do yourself and what tasks you'll hire professionals to do. The quality of your book, marketing and promotions and cover art are all up to you. You determine where your book will be sold, but keep in mind, it probably won't be at a big box store unless you've established yourself as a successful author.
If you want to self publish, keep in mind:
No matter which publisher you choose, as long as it's the one that fits your goals, then it's the right one for you. Happy writing, and best of luck on your journey!
Have you heard of foam rolling?
I hadn't until a personal trainer introduced it to me. I admit - I thought it was stupid.
First of all, she said it was going to hurt. Really? Rolling on top of what looked like a thick pool noodle was going to hurt? Wimp!
I found out that I was the wimp!!! It hurt. Really hurt. So, I only did one hip.
Laura, personal trainer extraordinaire, talked about the benefits of foam rolling. Again, I doubted her. Stupid me! The next morning the hip that rolled felt great. The hip that didn't roll was jealous of the other hip!
I've learned my lesson. (Both of them!)
Time to suck it up and foam roll!
J. Leigh James
Loves to write funny, light-hearted teen fiction.