Tuesday, February 4, 2014

From Pen to Publisher . . . Part 4 The End!

Start at the beginning HERE.

What a journey! My book is almost a reality! The cover has been designed, the proof pages have been edited and returned to the publisher, and they are nearly ready to send it to the printer!

This is a "cover spread"
12. A back cover text must be written. That's what you see on the back of the book to get a reader interested enough in the story to buy the book (or check it out of the library). Usually, the author supplies a summary of the story, and someone at the publishing house writes it up to sound exciting.

13. Once the book is sent to the
printer, it takes a month or two for the books to ship back to the publisher's warehouse. Then the publisher ships your free author copies, and that is another exciting moment: the first time you hold
your FIRST book in your hands.

I would like to say, "And they lived happily ever after." But I'm afraid that getting the book into your hand is not the end of the story. Nowadays, you need to help the publisher "sell" or "market" your books. Book signings, radio interviews, newspaper articles, school visits, homeschool conventions, writing workshops, blog tours, reviewers, more book signings . . . pant, pant!

But that, my friends, is another story!

To read how Rebeka M.'s books go from her head to her hands, using a "self publishing" model, click HERE.

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  1. Thanks. :) It was fun to see the difference between the two different ways of publishing a book.

  2. Thanks Mrs. M that was really interesting!!!!!!!!!! :-)

  3. Yes, it was very interesting! :~D
    Thank you! :)

  4. So how old were you when you get your first real book published?

  5. Thank you so much for writing this, it was entertaining and informative as well as a reality check. Whew, what a lot of work! :)

    -Calamity Rene

  6. Triumphant ending! :) I think I prefer the self publishing route better...no offense taken I hope! :) I'm glad this worked for you, and maybe others! :P

    1. The only kind of "self" publishing in 2000 was the kind where you give a LOT of money to somebody and they printed your book. With mistakes.

      Nowadays, with all the techie advancements . . . hmmm . . . not so sure but I think I'd be with you! It costs pennies to self-publish now days! (if you get a good editor!)

  7. Whew! It ended well :)
    Thanks for writing this Mrs. M!

  8. Yikes! That's a lot of work!
    I find it sad that kids don't read as much these days, to many electronics :-)

  9. Why do you have to go through such a big process? I mean, I know you want your book to be great but why does it take sooooo long?

    1. I guess the same question could be asked of someone studying to be a doctor: "I know you want to be a good doctor, but why does it take so long and so much school?"

      It just is what it is. Good books usually get published; poorly written books mostly do not. And if you want to do anything well, the Bible says to do it with excellence.


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