Publishing

Industry Standards Checklist Raises the Bar

Industry Standards Checklist Raises the Bar

To give both authors and book industry professionals an at-a-glance method by which to gauge the professional presentation of a book, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) – ibpa-online.org – has released a 2-page Industry Standards Checklist for a...

Stop the Presses—DON’T Publish that Book

Stop the Presses—DON’T Publish that Book

By Elizabeth Turnbull As the Senior Editor for a small publishing company, I see a lot of potential books pass through my hands. To be honest, most of the manuscript submissions we receive have great potential. The themes are creative and timely, the information is...

Authors – Do Not Read This At Home

As an author, you've probably been told time and time again that great authors read great books. You can't write if you don't read. And as an author, you probably always have a book by your bed, one on the kitchen table and another in the living room. Books lined up...

How Do You Know You Are Ready To Publish?

How Do You Know You Are Ready To Publish?

Sometimes, knowing when you're ready to publish is as hard as writing the manuscript. There are always final edits, and you could have a thousand final drafts. (FinalDraft.doc, ReallyFinalDraft.doc, ReallyReallyFinalDraft.doc, OkThisOneIsItFinalDraft.doc.) Sound...

How to Get a Book Published – Exploring the Paths to Publication

How to Get a Book Published – Exploring the Paths to Publication

Most authors, after typing “The End” for the first time on their manuscript, very quickly learn there’s a lot more to the publishing industry than meets the eye. After all,  their cousin is making decent income from the book they published on Amazon, and authors like Steven King and J.K. Rowling have brought publishing into the public eye. Why shouldn’t they have that same type of success?

But the deeper they dig, the more there is to learn about the publishing industry, and it turns out there are a lot of ways to get a book published.

How to Give Yourself the Best Chance at Landing a Publishing Contract

How to Give Yourself the Best Chance at Landing a Publishing Contract

The internet is full of suggestions for how authors can make their work stand out. Some advice is often repeated—grow a platform, develop your craft, spend money on ads, start a blog, start a podcast … The list goes on.

How much of that do you actually need? And when should you start it if you want the best chance at getting published?

A Beginner’s Guide to Publishing Jargon

A Beginner’s Guide to Publishing Jargon

Publishing, like any industry, is full of its own jargon. When you’re first getting started, knowing a few of these key phrases and acronyms may help you get past those first stages of confusion.