I thought publishing a book would only take a year—a maximum— to do the whole process. But I was wrong. I had no clue from the very beginning. Writing alone my whole manuscript took me almost a year. Then five more months for editing process, and if I everything works out, my first book will be published by November. I’ll be self-publishing through Createspace, an Amazon company.
While my manuscript is being edited, I keep on reading online articles about publishing steps. First, I have to find a literary agent and that includes submitting a few query letters until someone represents your work. Expect that you would get tons of rejections.
But let’s say you already got an agent. The next step is to find a publisher. Literary agents pitch your book to different publishers until you get a contract. And just like finding an agent, finding a publisher is another test. You can read many stories of these bestselling books that got rejected by different publishing, and that’s given. Some of them became a world hit, though. Twilight and The Help are just examples.
Let’s say after a few months finally you got a publisher, then the publication process takes place. Based on what I’ve read, it would take at least a year or two to have your book available on the market.
And I can’t wait that long!
I know we should give it time, but for me, it’s way too long. I gave enough time between writing and editing. And adding this waiting time is somewhat discouraging. But in fairness with traditional publishers, they will cover most of the costs. They would give you a “flat fee” and marketing assistance while in self-publishing world, the author shoulders the costs and you’re the one who will do the marketing. But what I like about self-publishing is I have all the control over my work unlike when you go to traditional route, you would give up some rights. Right now, I don’t need to worry about changing my book title or cover design.
The cost is one of the reasons why some aspiring authors don’t consider self-publish, but it’s worth a try!
Happy Friday, everyone!