How to Get Your Book Published

Do you want to know how to publish your own book? In this article, you will learn the simple steps in publishing your own book in no time.

There are different ways on how you can publish your book. It can either be through traditional publishing or self-publishing.  

Traditional Publishing

In traditional publishing, the publisher takes all the responsibility of publishing your book. You just need to submit your raw manuscript. Some publishers will also require your proposal. 

Once your raw manuscript has been accepted, an editor will review it. The editor will then determine if it is right for the publishing house style and decide to reject or publish it.  

The publisher usually buys the rights from the writer to publish the manuscript and pay the writer in advance and future royalties (about 10 to 15 percent royalty). Once a contract between the writer and publisher has been signed, the publisher will shoulder all the expenses from editing, typesetting, designing the cover, printing, marketing the book, and disseminating the copies.


Self-publishing is the publication of media by the author (whether print or electronic like an ebook) without the involvement of a publisher. The author usually uses self-publication platforms, such as Amazon Kindle. The author also bears all the costs of designing, marketing, and book distribution.

You can read the article, “Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: 2020 Deep Dive” to help you decide what route to take. Once you have chosen between traditional publishing and self-publishing, you can now work on the next steps to finally publish your own book.


Steps on How to Publish Your Own Book

1. Write your book

The first thing you need to do is plan the draft of the book you are going to write and execute with the actual writing. Writing a book requires investing a lot of time and thought. It is a process that starts in bits and pieces until you complete a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, and then a whole book. 

Writing a book that will actually sell is about finding an idea that will excite you and your readers. 

In writing a book, you must first decide what you are going to write. Is the genre of your book going to be fiction, non-fiction, novel, narrative, short story, etc. Knowing what genre you will focus on will give you an idea of how long or the total word count that your book needs to be.

For example, most traditional publishers expect a non-fiction book word count to be between 50,000-75,000 words. A fiction book word count is usually 90,000 words to 100,000 words or more.

The total number of words required in a book is quite overwhelming, especially if you are just starting. This is one of the reasons why most writers, 97% to be exact, start to write a book and never finish it. That is why you need a clear writing framework, and this includes setting daily goals.

2. Edit the manuscript

As we have mentioned earlier, when you opt for a traditional publishing, the publisher’s own in-house editors and copy editors will edit your manuscript. The process may go through several rounds. 

Each time your manuscript has been edited, it will be sent back to you for your checking, and you can send back your corrections to them for their revision or further checking. Your manuscript may go through several revisions until you and the editor approve the final copy. 

When you are doing self-publishing, you will edit your own manuscript. It is best to bring in a fresh pair of eyes. You can ask for a friend or a family member’s help to read, check, and edit your manuscript. 

Once you have edited your manuscript as far as you can, you can send your final draft to a professional editor. You can find a lot of good book editors on freelance websites, such as Upwork.

3. Format the interior layout (typeset) your book and design a book cover

In-house publishers have their own typesetters and graphic designers who can work on your book’s overall look or layout. 

It is important that you have an eye-catching book cover. If you are self-publishing your book, it would be much better if you hire a professional to help you with the designing of your book cover and typesetting the pages. 

Also, typesetting or formatting a book is a tedious task and time-consuming. That is why finding a professional that will do this for you will save you time, money, stress, and trouble of getting the design and layout right. You can find cover designers and typesetters in Upwork, Fiverr, Elance, and other freelance websites.  


4. Publish your book

In traditional publishing, once you have approved of the final draft or copy of your book, they will be responsible for your book’s printing and marketing.

As a self-publishing author, once you have approved the final draft or file of your book (or ebook), you can upload and publish your book in your chosen self-publication platform, such as Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

You can upload your book and list it for free. Amazon simplified the process. So, when the reader is interested in reading your ebook, they can buy the ebook or have a print version created for them.

5. Promote your book

Don’t rely too much on Amazon or your publisher to promote your book. There are different ways that you can help start the cash rolling in without spending much. Here are some:

  • Create guest post blogs aimed at readers of your kind of book.
  • Find a content producer in a podcast in your genre and do podcast interviews. 
  • Offer free content for podcasts and podiobooks.
  • Find reader groups online and join the group.
  • Promote your post on Facebook using Facebook ads.
  • Create an email list to promote your book.
  • Create a YouTube channel and talk about your book.

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