What are some points to consider as you’re trying to decide whether and how to publish your manuscript?
Are you ready to compete with the big guys?
- spent a good deal of time studying the craft of writing
- written about 10,000 hours (more on this later)
- taken your manuscript through a critique process
- entered a few contests and done well
you may be ready to submit a query or proposal to an editor or agent of a major publishing house. (If you don’t know what a query or proposal ARE, you’re not quite ready. *wink*) As we’ve said, competition is stiff, but there’s always room at the top.
But what if your project is intended for a smaller audience?
- A collection of family stories you’d like to preserve and share
- A book to accompany a school project
- A special interest book such as a cookbook compiled by your church or family members
- A photo album
- An experimental first story
- A project that appeals to a limited niche market (ie. a homeschool curriculum, how-to manual, or book designed for hobbyists)
There are any number of reasons to explore self-publishing as long as you are realistic about the advantages and disadvantages. Do some thinking about who your readers might be!