By Eric M Head
Have you ever wandered into a book store and looked at all the books wondering how they go there? Maybe you are an up and coming author who sees those books on the shelves and you want to know how to get your book right there along side them.
In order to get your book published, it’s important to have an overview of the submission process. After you understand the basics, you will know which course of action to take.
For a book to get published, the author of the book will typically submit a letter to the publisher. This letter is called the ‘query letter’ and it is specifically submitted according to the submission guidelines of that particular publishing company.
When an author submits this unsolicited query letter, it is called an unsolicited submission. A large amount of these unsolicited submissions are from authors who have never had a book published before.
What happens after you send your unsolicited submission is that it goes into a large pile of other unsolicited submissions. The acquisitions editor will then take the manuscripts from this pile to review. If the editor likes your manuscript, he will hand it off to the editorial staff.
Now keep in mind, this process can vary greatly depending on how large the publishing company is. If the company is very large, then the chances are that there will be a lot more hands that the manuscript will have to get passed through before it gets the acceptance for publication.
One important thing to note is that what a new author submits directly to the company in this way, the percentage of publishers that accept manuscripts is very low. It is not advised if you are a previously un-published author.
So then how do you bypass this method?
The best way to submit your manuscript is through a literary agent. Literary agents are professionals whose job is to review manuscripts before sending them into the publishing companies.
The reason that publishing companies are more willing to accept a submission by a literary agent is because a lot of the quality control that their staff would otherwise have to do is shifted to the literary agent.
A literary agent also knows what the publishing houses are looking for and only submits manuscripts based on their experience of what will likely get published. They can provide feedback to you on what to change in your manuscript and this can help increase your chances of getting published.
So if you are serious about getting your book published, consider getting a literary agent. It will be your best bet for getting your foot in the door and becoming the next successful newly published author!
If you are interested in getting your manuscript published or you want to learn more about Book Publishing, you can view the additional resources and information at http://www.book-publish.org.