Book Publishing

jeffscurlock —  February 8, 2012 — 2 Comments

Trying to decide just how to get my first book into the market has been somewhat stressful. I have decided to use Createspace but I continue to have doubts.

I wonder if I wouldn’t be better off being patient and submitting my manuscript to some actual publishers. I found one in particular that deals with my genre and seems to be open to new, unknown authors.  I’m so anxious to get my book out there and this place wants eight weeks just to get back to me with an answer.  I’ve thought that I may go ahead and go with createspace but still submit my manuscript to this publisher just to see what may happens.

The second concern I have with createspace is my cover design.  I’m not a fan of the generic looking POD covers, all glossy and little control of how it looks without a professional.    I’d like something a little softer and more professional looking but I don’t have the funds to hire someone to do it. Even if I did have a professionally designed cover it would still have that glossy POD look..If I was blessed enough to get picked up by a publisher they would design me a professional cover.

Writing my first book has been one of the most exciting things I’ve done in my life. I love writing. I love communicating with words.  Since I’m a newbie and I don’t have any contacts in the publishing world I’m having to feel my way through it. I’m sure I’ll miss something and make a mistake. That’s part of the process of learning.



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  • amymarie

    Just so you know, if you self-publish a book, most traditional publishers won’t look at it unless you have really, really good sales. That said, I know how you feel. I’m going through a similar situation right now myself.

  • S.Z. Williams

    Have you considered submitting to an agent, rather than direct to publishers? Agents are often a good option for writers with no connections.