So, your eBook is complete and now you’re ready to be published. Now the question is: Should you hire a publisher or should you self-publish?
Unless you have the time and the resources to experiment on what works and what doesn’t, it’s a good idea to look for a publisher, especially if it involves your first eBook or you have no background in publishing.
Here are six simple steps to follow so you can find the best publisher for your work:
Step 1 – Establish a clear set of criteria
This step entails identifying several factors which you can use to when deciding on which eBook publisher to retain. Some of the criteria you should consider are your budget, the kind of package you require, your target audience, and the design of the eBook.
Step 2 – Research several companies
The key to finding your ideal eBook publisher is to have several choices. Then, you need to gather as much information as you can about each of the companies. Pay special attention to the publication services they offer. While this involves time and effort, researching several companies will give you a better chance of finding your best fit.
Step 3 – Prioritize publishers that offer package deals
Publishing a book doesn’t just involve publishing per se. It also includes marketing, generating interest about the book, and others. Many publishers offer these services in one package, which is something you need to take note of because these packages will help you save on costs and the effort of trying to keep track of the progress of these activities when they are assigned to different individuals or companies.
Step 4 – Talk to the publishers
Once you’ve done your research, highlight the details that you want to discuss or clarify with each of the publishers. Again, this requires a lot of time and effort on your part but publishing an eBook is a major decision so a meticulous discussion of the fine print now will help you avoid headaches in the future.
Step 5 – Narrow down your choices
It is at this point when your set of criteria comes in handy. From your original list of publishers, narrow down your options to the top two or top three choices. Check the qualities of these publishers against the criteria you’ve established at the beginning of the process. Make sure that these top choices offer package deals that will help make getting you published much easier.
Step 6 – Make your choice
Select the publisher that best fits your criteria and understands your needs as an author and a client. At this stage, don’t be tempted to make compromises you are not comfortable with just because you’ve already spent too much time on the selection process. If you’re not completely sure of your choice, go back to Step 5.
Once you’ve made your choice, you’re ready to be published, and if you followed these steps carefully, you’ll likely end up with a publisher that you can work with for a very long time and on many future projects.