1. Once you have decided on the topic, whether it is fiction, non-fiction, children's book, or memoir - your next step is to create an outline of the contents of your book.
2. Research - There could be a humongous amount of research, or possibly your content is a topic of which you are an expert.
3. Find yourself a good editor. Don't attempt to edit your manuscript. You know what they say about a lawyer defending himself.
4. Schedule review time with your editor to see if there are areas of your manuscript that need your attention.
5. Do rewrites, additional research, and final draft.
6. Back to the editor for a final look before proofreading.
7. Think of appropriate titles, maybe have a contest for title suggestions on your website, etc.
8. Make a decision as to whether you want an agent or not. Depending on the subject of your book, you may not need an agent. Possibly your book is a "How-To, " and you are only promoting it as an electronic release, Kindle, or Nook.
9. No Agent? Will you be submitting your book to a publisher?
10 Have you written your Proposal Letter?
11. Searched for a publisher using http://www.WritersMarket.com?
12. Send book proposals out.
13. If you go the route of a traditional publisher, the details of your book will be handled by your publisher. i.e. re-edited, cover design, layout, ISBN, book size, soft or hardcover, etc.
11. If you decide to self-publish, you are your decision-maker. You will choose the cover design, layout, ensure the book has been edited correctly. Prepare the manuscript for final print through CreateSpace or another self-publishing format software company. You are also in charge of obtaining the ISBN number, Copyright, and registering your book with the
12. You will be in charge of promotion, advertising, website, etc.
13. In any case, you will be doing the Tweeting, Promotional Ads, Instagram videos, Website maintenance, literature, etc.
14. Bookstores and other vendors.
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