1. What kinds of proposals are entertained in publishing houses?There is a place for everything - novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, biographies and memoirs, religion, philosophy and self-help, reference and quizzing, photography, current affairs, business, travel, and cookery. But content is and will always be the hero.
2. Do I need an agent or I can publish the book myself?
I have done it myself. And so anybody can do it himself. Though it’s a long process and one needs to be patient. Most publishers have their websites. You can go through their websites and find their submission procedure. But if you think that it’s not working out way it should, then you can definitely go to a reliable literary agent.
3. Why do I need an agent?
The author marketplace has been changing constantly for the past decade now and agents know exactly what publishers want to buy in the ever evolving and shifting culture. A literary agent can also assist you in shaping your manuscript to make it more appealing and suitable and thus increasing the chances of getting the book sold.
However, it is obligatory to do a research about well established and trustworthy agents.
4. How do I find an agent?
A comprehensive list of agents can be found on writers.net. Nobody confirms about the authentication of the agents or agencies so their code of practice remains subjective. Every aspiring writer is always suggested to go for an independent research. Where it would be helpful, members are encouraged to consult the Society about any specific offer they receive.
5. How can I know that I am being paid fair for my book sales?
Most of the authors are provided royalty statement showing book sales and royalty payment details at regular time periods as per the publishers’ policies. The statistics are cross-examined to ensure an accurate record of royalty payments.
6. I have been sending my manuscripts for a while now but I haven’t heard from any of them so far. Is self publishing helpful?
These days, self publishing is the most common trick used by numerous publishing houses including the big shots as well. Some of these services and packages are worth it but not all. As expected, budding writers are spending hard earned money for this. The discrepancy originates where the money goes in vain and the book is not properly edited and marketed and it ends up as a part of unsold inventory of book stores. This can be tremendously discouraging for authors who lose self-belief to ever pen down the story again. Rejection is not a problem so don’t stop trying few times. Also before choosing self publishing, do research for alternative ways of reaching the right publishers and literary agents.
7. What are the safe options to get published if not self publishing?
These days everybody is busy accessing the on screen world. Though traditional print has not disappeared from the market but ease and convenience take the cake. And online world has made everything convenient. Digital publishing though nascent in India has got a lot potential for success as this medium delivers stories across screens in the most optimized way to all the customers even while they are on the go. The newest and digital publishing platforms like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing offers accessible platform to all writers which was not provided earlier. Publishers are leveraging new technology to connect books directly with their audience. Authors have many creative ways to reach their targets, and these platforms enable them to connect with their readers.
8. How I can maximize the chances of getting my manuscript accepted?
Your proposal includes a synopsis and chapter outline together with any Three sample chapters. For short stories and poems, synopsis should have a collection of five sample stories and/or poems. Once the editorial team of the publishing house likes your work, you need to send the complete manuscript to them.