(CEO – Griffin Publication)

Who doesn’t seek quick fame? Authoring a book today has become the most sought-after interest to gain quick fame and earn credibility. The passion to become a quick author jeopardizes patience. And this compromise further casts doubt on the quality of books. With the increasing number of publishing houses and competition among thousands of publishing houses, aspiring authors somehow forget to go for quality checks of their scripts as their scripts are readily accepted for publishing. Who is at loss? How long would such books earn fame and bring credibility to your individual brand? Are you somehow unknowingly welcoming ignominy in the long run?

J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter was published after being rejected by 12 publishing houses, but the only thing that has made the most popular series reach us today is the PATIENCE she carried without giving up her aspiration. And, none can of course doubt the quality of the episodes and the captivating language.

It is essential for every published as well as aspiring authors to research the safest route to publish their books.

The following are the simple but important factors one should follow before stepping ahead to publish a book:

Choose the Right Publishing House:

Know to approach the right publishing house which can guide you methodically throughout the publishing process and thereafter too. Decide if you are looking for self-publishing or traditional publishing. Today, most authors prefer the route to self-publish as it is easier and faster. There is always a doubt that your script will qualify for traditional publishing. Only titles likely to become big hits are accepted by traditional publishers which may not welcome debut authors if they have no big audience.

Moreover, in self-publishing, the author has more control over the publishing thus retaining the rights to their book and also earning more royalties, unlike traditional publishers. When there is an easy way, for aspiring authors who look for individual brand promotions, self-publishing is easily approachable.

However, an easy approach and a faster process do not mean compromising the quality of the content or the book as a whole. After all, your book will soon become your identity. Research and enquire what the publishing house offers to make your book visible to the readers and how they extend support throughout your journey.

Edit your Manuscript:

Aim for an error-free book. Even the best of the best writers’ scripts may witness syntax, grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors. Remember, all the best-selling authors have the best editors. Hire an editor or ask your publishing house to get your script edited before you go ahead with the print. Do not let readers point out errors that may actually impact the success you are looking for. Go through your script, again and again, to choose what kind of editing your script requires. Your script may demand, basic editing, line editing, or developmental editing. A professional editor can guide you in this matter. An unedited book may leave your book with typos and plot holes thus creating every chance to welcome discredit.

Learn to accept Critics’ Opinions:

You may be the best, yet may not be perfect. You may hand over your script directly to a professional editor, or ask for feedback from your trusted acquaintances. Learn to accept the editor’s criticism or anyone who gives you well-intentioned feedback.

Proof Read your Manuscript After Editing:

Many authors ignore this most important step for publishing a book. Yes, you have to hold on your excitement after your script is edited as that’s not the end of your hard work. Carry the patience to proofread your manuscript before you send the green signal to the publisher for designing and printing. In fact, it is always wise to proofread your manuscript after the book is designed and formatted to look into the finesse of your work.

Consider and Reconsider the Title of Your Manuscript:

Choose a captivating title for your book. If after the editing process, you feel the need to change the title, take that bold decision as only an intriguing title can attract readers’ eyes. Check if the title is unique and has not been used before by any author.

Keep The Blurb and Author’s Bio Ready:

If you want your publishing process to work faster, make sure to keep the blurb of the book and author’s bio ready.

A blurb is a very short description of the book which should be within 100 to 150 words. A blurb is an essential part of the book which is generally included on the back cover of your book to give a brief idea about the book. A blurb should generate curiosity as the reader first picks a book and goes through the blurb before making a decision to buy a copy.

The author’s Bio is a very brief introduction of the author included on the back cover of the book or sometimes inside the book. It should also be within 100 to 150 words. The author can add social his/her media links toward the end of the Bio.

Never compromise on the Cover Page:

Ask your publisher to get their designer or the project manager connected to you and brief the minutest detail you want on your cover page. You may hire your own designer too. Your Cover page is the face of your book. It should carry the meaning of the title or carry the theme of your book.

Never let your Book Fade- PROMOTE:

Do not solely depend on the publishing house to promote your book. They will do their part as mentioned in their agreement. Make efforts to keep the visibility constant. Make intelligent use of Social Media Platforms. You may get assisted by PR and Marketing Agencies too. Your book is your responsibility. Hence, it is your responsibility to follow every step cautiously and never get your book published at the stroke of a pen. Patience is the key.

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