Want to get published? Writers and industry experts share tips on how to get your first book out thereWant to get published? Writers and industry experts share tips on how to get your first book out there
on May 10, 2021
Aspiring authors, beware! The path to get published is not as easy as the alphabet. However, it is not as tiresome as Trigonometry either. Stock up on patience, steel your heart against rejection and above all, believe in the words you’ve penned.Be proud about your completed manuscript Writer Shelly Oria, in an article titled ‘Publishing Your First Book: Advice for First-Time Authors’, says it is important to be proud of your effort. “Be proud. Life is going to tug you every which way, but the most important truth is this: You wrote a book. A whole damn book! Remember how you used to think that would never happen for you? Remember all the times you almost gave up? In all likelihood, you went through hell in the process, but you powered through. That required a lot of work. Someone close to you probably suggested that writing this book, and perhaps writing in general, wasn’t the best use of your time. But you kept going,” she explains. As she says, you finished your book. Against all odds. Celebrate that!
The process of editingShould you self-edit? Should you give your final draft to a professional editor or should you go with it straight to publishers? Swati Chopra, Executive Editor at Harper Collins India, says “definitely a publisher” as publishing houses usually like to edit, at least as far as Harper Collins is concerned. So you can go straight to the publisher with the manuscript, without approaching a professional editor. Publishers like Harper Collins and Penguin Random House do accept “unsolicited manuscripts across genres”. One simply needs to follow the instructions on the ‘Publish With Us’ section of the website to know what to include in the email to them. Content is fundamental What are publishers looking for today? Chopra answers, “For non fiction, the subject should be compelling and the author should have some domain expertise to write on it. For fiction, the author should have a firm grasp of the story, plot, characters, et al, and tell the story skilfully. Basically, if somebody wants to publish their book, they need to work on their writing skills. The book should be well-written, whatever genre it might be.” An excellent command over the language one is writing in and producing gripping content is imperative to be noticed, and subsequently, published.