Welcome to another Literary Career Day. Today I take a moment to talk specifically to my authors and writers. Today I am including an article from one of my books “The Publishing Season”
Over the years I’ve seen this book help answer a lot of the authors questions. After reading this blog, I suggest buying a copy or signing up with Literary Career Moves to get it free.
P.O.D means print on demand if you didn’t already know. P.O.D has become so popular in the publishing business. Many publishing companies are offering this service. Your book is published faster. You’re able to put out more books. On the flip side of P.O.D you’re paying a lot of money to have your book published. (Depending on the route you take)
If this is the route you’ve decided to go with publishing, you’re first step is to narrow it down to the companies that interest you. You need to decide, as with any publishing company, what your company needs to provide for you. Do you need your publishing company to offer editing? Graphic Design? You need to have already answered these questions BEFORE you go publishing company shopping.
Once you have decided what you need and narrowed your choices down, you need to research the company and find out what they ask for in submissions. The good thing about P.O.D is that their requirements are, most of the time, small. You may fill out a form. They will ask some questions about your book and then give you a set time of when they will contact you back for acceptance. There are some companies that you do not have to submit any form. You find the package that you want (Remember add-ons. We spoke about this in the earlier articles.) and then you go through the process of creating your book. CreateSpace is just like this. You create the book how you see fit for not extra cost. You must have computer experience for this. www.createspace.com
It should take about a week maybe two for the company to contact you. Most of the time, they do not turn down a manuscript. That’s money they will lose. If they do turn down your book then that means they have a specific list of books that they will only publish. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. Some companies only want mystery suspense, others are for romance only. So that’s why you must shop around before you decide on a company so you don’t waste any of your time. After the company has contacted you then they take you through the steps to create your book. You should not lose any control with your book. You should have a say about everything all the way down to the graphic design.
It should take about 3-6 months to have your book in stores. It may take a year depending on the company.
Check out my website to get a copy: www.literarycareermoves.com or schedule your first free phone consultation with me to get started on expanding your career.