Essential Book Publishing Tips for First Time


publishing tips for first time writers

If you are a first time writer and you are planning on publishing a book of your very own, you should know it will be an uphill battle. This is because there are so many facets to the book publishing process and one mistake can prove detrimental to your book publishing.

And seeing as you are just starting out as a writer, you would understandably not know where to begin. But don’t worry, you can still achieve your book publishing dreams. You just need a set plan.

Here are essential book publishing tips for first time


1. Know your target market

Before you start writing a book of your very own, you should first know your target market. By knowing your target market, you will at least know who you are writing for.

Your writing will be a lot more efficient and allow you to capture your target market’s attention. Knowing your target market will also make the book marketing process more focused, and you won’t have to waste time on inhospitable markets.

2. Master the basics

Aside from knowing your target market, you should also master the basics as well. This is important because readers are very picky when it comes to the basics.

And any grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors can damage your writing career. So before you even think of writing a book of your own you should master the basics first.

3. Know your book publishing options

know your book publishing options

It is imperative that you choose your book publishing option before you start the book writing process. This is because finding a publishing house to publish your work takes a lot of time and patience. And if you want to publish your book effectively and on time, you should really decide on how to publish your book.

That way once you do finish writing your manuscript, you will be able to get started on the publishing process right away. The two most viable options are traditional publishing and self-publishing.  If you choose traditional publishing, then you will have the help of a fully established publishing house. The publishing house will do most of the work for you.

The publishing house will also pay for the process. The only setback to traditional publishing is the fact that it is very difficult to get a publishing deal with a publishing house. You will also have to give up a portion of your royalties to the publishing house.

Should you choose to self-publish your manuscript, you will have overall control of the book publishing process. You will get to keep all your book rights and royalties. The setback to this option, is that you will have to do most of the work and pay for the entire process. The two options have their strengths and weaknesses. It is up to you to weight them out and choose the best option for you.

4. Start the book marketing as early as possible

Aside from choosing your book publishing options, you should also start the book marketing process as early as possible. By doing so you will have a fan base eagerly waiting for your book. Here are some book marketing tips to get you started.

  • Create your very own author blog. By having your very own author blog you could post examples of your work. You can post excerpts from your book, poems, short articles, etc.
  • Join online writing communities. By joining writing communities, you will not only expand your influence as a writer you could also cultivate a fan base for yourself.
  • Utilize various social media platforms in your book marketing campaign.

5. Stay Consistent

Publishing a book is no easy task. It not only takes a lot resources but a lot of patience as well. Throughout the book publishing process, there will be times where things won’t go your way. However, you should not get discouraged. Instead, you should remember that this is all a part of the process, and if you want to publish your book properly, you should stay as consistent as possible. By doing so, you will be able to work through any obstacle, and successfully publish your book.


Being a first-time publisher could be a difficult prospect. Remember that you don’t really have an existing fan base, and you don’t really know where to begin. With these tips, you’ll be able to publish a book with little to no fuss.

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