Category: Poetry Writing Tips
Modern technology has made it much easier to write a book and get it seen by millions of people around the world. As far as writing the book modern computers are fast, powerful, and offer and endless number of software programs all helping get a book written fast and accurately. The internet can allow you to get it in front of many people quickly with or without a publisher and distributor. In the old days you had to type a manuscript by hand rewrite it a thousand times until it was perfect and look through dictionaries, and thesauruses by hand. Once all of this was done you had to compose the book, have it proofread, and then get it to a publisher who might or might not accept your manuscript.
As was stated you do not need a publisher or distributor to get your book seen but if you want to get top pay for your work you will need both and an agent also. These people will get you the best money for your work and help you to protect your work. The first step is to find an agent. The job of your agent will be to find you the proper publisher for your work. The agent will want a contract for his services. You used to pay your agent up front but now most of them take a percentage of the profits of book sales and the royalties. Have a list of several agents in case you do not like the way your first choice works because they will all be a little different in how they do their job.
You can save the money that an agent will cost if you want to do all the work of finding a publisher yourself. The trick to this is that you have to know something of the business if you want to find a good publisher. If you are a new writer, you should get an agent but if you have been around for a while, you can probably do without one. With modern technology, several websites can help you to publish your work yourself. It is easy to do if you want to try publishing your own work. You just go to the website and upload your manuscript to the companies’ website. Once you have uploaded your manuscript this will allow you to sell your book as an e-manuscript that people can print on demand or you can sell it as an e-book. If you do not hire a publisher or agent there is one other job you will have to do on your own. You will have to contact the U.S. Copyright office in order to copyright and protect your work.