Category Archives: Publishing

How to Publish Your Story in Chicken Soup for the Soul, According to Its Editor-In-Chief

With more than 250 titles (so far!) and 101 stories in each book, Chicken Soup for the Soul is an excellent market for novice and experienced writers alike. 

But just because there are so many opportunities, don’t assume that it’s simple to get in. You still have to know your stuff: First, Chicken Soup for the Soul accepts only true, first person stories. The stories must be inspiring, exciting, heartwarming, or humorous. Also, keep your work to 1200 words or less.

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An Author’s Guide To Publishing A Book

An Author's Guide To Publishing A Book
An Author’s Guide To Publishing A Book

Ask any published book author about writing a book, and they will tell you it’s a monumental task. The process is long, drawn out, and gruelling. Even if you enjoy writing and don’t mind writing on the same subject for an extended period — the writing process will, undoubtedly, exhaust you. Getting your book published, however, will take even more time and effort than writing the thing in the first place.

Are you thinking about writing a book? Have you already written one? Do you wonder how to get your book published? If you so, read on. Here are some hand-picked tips on how to publish your book.

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Publishing Options For Freelance Book Authors

It is difficult to break into the publishing industry as a new author, and even more difficult to get an acceptance letter from an editor at a large publishing house. As an author you will work hard to finish your book, and work even harder to find the right book publisher. The good news is you can tap into several types of publishers to publish your book. Here is a look at some common types of book publishing.

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Publish Your Book With An Independent Publisher

There are basically three options for getting your book published. You can try to get your book proposal accepted by one of the industry giants like Penguin or Random House but that’s a tough road. Those companies only work with proven authors or those who already have huge platforms and salivating audiences. Having said that, if you manage to get accepted, you’ll end up with a huge implied endorsement and a ton of indisputable credibility.

On the other end of the spectrum, you could self-publish your own book. The nice thing about this approach is that the only person who has to approve your book is you! If you want to publish your own book, go right ahead. In fact, given the advancements in technology, you can do exactly that and order as little as one book at a time. The downside is that the credibility is far lower than with a major publisher.

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Eleven Steps To Print Publication

Creating a printed book is a bit more complicated than creating a PDF eBook. More steps are involved, just by right of producing a tangible finished product that needs to be handled in the physical world (versus an electronic document that can be distributed by e-mail or online). The basic print publishing process for a print-on-demand publishing cycle for a book that will be sold online through the print-on-demand vendor’s website (and/or other online booksellers like Amazon) breaks down as follows:

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How to Find a Publisher for Your First Book

Finding a publisher can be very strenuous. In fact, it may even be harder than actually writing the book itself.

There are three things to remember when finding a publisher for your book:

1) These things take time, even Stephen King was not signed the first night. Be patient, book publishers are quite busy and may take a while to get back to you. Just keep positive, if your book is good a publisher will sign you.

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