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The Road To Publishing A Book

Updated on November 29, 2013

The Genesis for This Article

A friend of mine, one Mary McShane, sent me this email recently.

“I know all these things are in Writer's Digest, but for those who don't have it or read it, I thought this might be a motivating article (s) for you to write. Sort of inspiring those who are sluggish and kick start them into cracking down to their writing (a discipline) so they can look forward to this process...

so, I'd like you to write about the steps on the road to publishing. Assuming the book is written, discuss the types of packaging to send it out (pages, Disk, email, etc), how to acquire an agent, how to do cold submissions to publishers, how rejection letters are not the final word, how to consider epubbing, how to submit just for a particular market (pigeon hole a couple of markets to give them the idea), --- I'm not talking about writing for HP, but in the real world where the competition is fierce, but doable. I think so many don't realize what the process is once they get the book written and if they know it is actually something to look forward to, it might motivate.”

Mary, your wish is my command.

As I looked closer at Mary’s suggestion, I realized I could either do a skim job and attempt to answer it all in one article, or I could do several articles to cover it all. Since I have done articles in the past that covered much of this, I am opting for an overview to give all of you a quick taste for the process involved. I have, however, included some of those articles as sidebars for you to read if you should choose to do so.

The proud moment of holding your own novel
The proud moment of holding your own novel | Source

So You Finally Wrote a Book

First, let me congratulate you. Writing a book is not an easy task. I speak from experience. I have written several and I am currently working on three others. It is a time-consuming process that is filled with angst and self-doubts, but man alive is it all worth it when you finally finish your baby and hold that manuscript in your hands.

But now what do you do? The next step can be scary. If you choose to query a book publisher you risk the very real chance of being rejected or worse, ignored. If you choose to publish it yourself you risk the very real chance of having no one read it and again being ignored. You also risk the chance of receiving negative reviews and comments, always a crushing blow for a writer. Let’s face it, the book is a part of you, and any negativity you receive is considered an attack on you as a person.

Who in their right mind wants to risk all of that?

Well, quite a few as it turns out, and so this article is for you.

Whichever path you choose, best of luck to you
Whichever path you choose, best of luck to you | Source

Types of Packaging

I don’t know how others write their books. I write mine on Word and then save a hard copy, and I save it throughout the process. If I spend six months to a year writing something I sure as heck don’t want it disappearing because of some glitch in the computer, so save often.

When you are submitting your manuscript, the format will depend on who you are submitting it to. Some publishers and agents still ask for actual pages sent in a self-addressed envelope. I know, this is rather caveman of them, but there are those who still do it. The majority of agents and publishers request it be sent via email either as an attachment or as an extension of the email.

If you are lucky enough to find an agent or publisher who is interested in your work, they will ask for a synopsis of your book and then the first few chapters of it, giving importance to the introduction you have written. If that first chapter is not an attention-grabber then you best re-write it. You get one shot at an agent or publisher so make it your best shot.

The book The Writer’s Market has lists of agents and publishers and all of their requirements. Pick up a copy soon if you are serious about publishing your book in a traditional manner.

How to Approach Agents and Publishers

Ah, the query letter! Strange visitor from another planet with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal letters.

Oops, I’m sorry, my silly bone acted up.

How do you approach agents and publishers? By sending them a query letter! A query letter quickly summarizes your book, your platform and the reasons why you think your book is a winner. Other than the book itself, the query letter is the most important part of the traditional publishing process.

I have written before on how to write a query letter, and you can see that article in the sidebar. There are also great examples of query letters in the Writer’s Market. Do your homework on this one; without a great query letter you will never be considered for publishing.

Agent or Publisher?

Should you query an agent and let them do their job and find you a publisher, or should you directly query the publisher?

Perhaps here would be the best time to mention numbers. Agents and publishers literally, and I mean literally, receive thousands of queries each month. Read that number again….thousands each month. From all of those thousands they will accept maybe, and I mean maybe, one percent….and the trend is getting worse. As ebooks grow in popularity, traditional publishers are finding it harder and harder to take a risk on an unknown author. All of their efforts are put into sure things, established authors who have made money in the past.

So, this question is a crap shoot. Whichever route you take the numbers and odds are stacked against you. I query directly to publishers. Others query directly to agents. Which is better? I know not!

Which Markets Do You Query?

Again I refer you to the Writer’s Market. In that book, which is published and updated each year, you will find information about what kinds of books each publisher is looking for. You will find which kinds of genres each agent is looking for.

Do not, and I repeat, do not randomly query a list of publishers in hopes that they will like your story and genre. They each specialize in particular fields and that is why I consider the Writer’s Market to be invaluable for writers and their queries.

Worth a watch

SELF-PUBLISHING

There are two established routes in self-publishing. You can find a printing house who will print your book for a fee, or you can publish an ebook; the former costs money; the latter costs next to nothing.

Pros and cons? Having your book printed gives you hard copy you can hold in your hands and smile proudly at. I went this route with my novel “The 12/50 Shuttle From Yesterday and Today” and it costs me about six bucks per copy with one hundred minimum. You can find better deals online now but I went that route because I like working with local merchants whenever possible. Of course, having 100 copies means you need to learn marketing very quickly if you are going to sell them.

Going the ebook route is free as far as online publishing. You can pay to have your book edited of course, and pay to have a great cover done for your book, but actually formatting the book and having it “printed online” with Kindle costs nothing. Profits from Kindle are small as most books are priced under $4.99 and you get a percentage of that price, but again, there are no publishing fees,which is an attractive feature for a starving author.

The process begins here
The process begins here | Source

And That Is a Quick Summary of the Process

I have done both the traditional publishing and the online ebook route. There are advantages to both. The odds are significantly against you in trying to find an agent or publisher, but it does happen every year.

I think the first question that needs to be asked is how important is publishing to you? If you have no thoughts of making it nationally, and you just want the inner rewards of being called an author, then maybe the self-publishing road is the one you should take. If you have dreams of being nationally known and seeing your book in bookstores, then get those query letters ready and get that book edited by a professional.

Either way you choose, I hope you find as much satisfaction as I have.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww. thanks Glimmer. Just trying to help when I can. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This is very useful Bill and great things for potential writers to think about. I love the way you link the pertinent hubs with the sections too. Very helpful!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tygher41, best wishes on that novel of yours and thank you for stopping by for a visit. Happy Holidays to you.

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      Megan Carroll 3 years ago from Boynton Beach, FL

      Awesome information. Hopefully, I will need this advice in the next month or so when my very first novel is finished. Thanks so much for the detailed direction!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Writer Fox, it's a new world for sure in the publishing business. We either learn to adjust or we are left behind. As with all change, it will take time to learn the ropes. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for your kind words on the fan mail.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Certainly the advent of the PC and the Internet has opened publishing on a global basis to anyone. What a great time to live! I appreciated reading your personal publishing experiences and I know many will benefit from reading your article here about publishing a book. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you so much for the kind words. I was raised to give to the community; this is just natural for me. :) I'm very happy that this is helpful to you and others.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      This was really helpful and as always you managed to write it in a manner which made it very clear and understandable.

      Your ongoing contribution to this site and the information you freely share with other writers is commendable.

      I always enjoy reading your work and I look forward to it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. I do care about my fellow writers, and knowing they get something from these articles is all the pay I need.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mckbirdbks, whoever is doing the directing, I owe them one. :) Thanks for the visit. I'll be by shortly to see what you have been up to.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent information. You did all the hard work, and I commend you for giving us all this for free. You are a special person that cares a great deal about others.

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Once again, I have been directed to one of your hubs, and once agian the trip was beneficial.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, drbj...that means a lot to me.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent overview of book publishing and its rewards and pitfalls, Bill. And the videos you included are the icing on the cake. Every genuine writer will thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, thank you so much. I am very gratified that these help other writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Genna. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      toknowinfo, it is my pleasure. I appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Keep these great pieces of advice coming. Even for those of us who have yet to write a book, your hubs on these topics are inspirational.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Billy, for these wonderful tips! :-)

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      toknowinfo 3 years ago

      Great article Bill. You teach me something every time I read one of your hubs. Thank you again and again for sharing your wisdom, your knowledge, and your expertise.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, vkwok, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jon, you are a good writer and I hope you devote some more time to your writing. Best wishes to you and thanks for the visit.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for these great tips, Bill!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 3 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Great tips, this has inspired me to start writing much more frequently. I haven't been working on my own stuff everyday as I should and I know it's hurting me in the long-run. Thanks for the great article, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jenn-Anne, you are very correct that those books are not going to write themselves. LOL When the time is right for you, then the time will be right for you. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, it's always my pleasure. Thank you for the visit.

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      Another great hub, as always. I really need to get back into writing as it has become apparent my books aren't going to write themselves. However, it never hurts to think about what comes next if I ever manage to finish one.

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Excellent advice as always, Bill. Thank you for sharing your insight and wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I'm so glad you think so. Best wishes to you this weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, if I didn't believe there was a chance I might not be doing this. I've set my sights on the big prize; now it's up to me to do the work.

      blessings and thanks always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'm sorry to hear that. I know for a fact that steam would be pouring out of my ears.

      Thank you dear friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I'm glad you like my writer's voice because it is the only one I have. LOL I could never be a ghostwriter for someone else; I'm afraid my voice would sneak in there uninvited.

      blessings always my friend

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, thank you for sharing your experience in the real world of publishing. I would venture to guess 10% or less is realistic...tough odds but it only takes one, right?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you once again brought a smile to my face. I am a keeper? You are a keeper....and life is magical.

      Thank you dear lady.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, for sure lulu.com is a helpful place and reasonably inexpensive. Give it a look; it's a great alternative. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always my pleasure, Dianna! Thank you so much and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mylinda...have a wonderful weekend in LA

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful hub that contains important information for writers. Thank you for continuing to share your extensive knowledge and experience, Bill. Your articles are so helpful!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, the long and winding road of publishing ... or maybe not ... doable! Thank you for putting it in simple terms all can actually try! I would want one to hold, but both are great.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Good point about saving a hard copy, I've just lost 600 words of an article I'm writing on words, the steam is still pouring from my ears. :(

      I'll be pinning and saving this one, hopefully one day I'll be needing it.

      Have a lovely weekend, my best to you and Bev.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Query letter! Yes a good point but over the last ten years I think we have seen about 4 Query letters. These emails get Robin’s immediate attention. We then know that this writer did their homework! When I did send my query letters out by snail mail in 2000 ( 50 or so) after I read everything I could about how to approach a publisher with the genre I was writing for, I was lucky to get a 10% reply. Today that must be worse or not?

      We at Kima Global will always reply to email query letters, especially if they include links to website(s)blogs and any other social media links. Great hub and very good advice Billy.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful hub as always Billy and of course once again told in your own natural way. A sign of a true talented writer. Voting up, across and shared of course. I wish you and Bev a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      This is a thoughtfully constructed outline with the necessary details and links to take us to whatever step of the journey we are on.

      Like you, this is a keeper. Have a peaceful weekend. Love, Maria

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very helpful hub once again Bill. I too will bookmark this for future reference. Lulu.com seems a good place to check out from the other comments, so I might take a look at that.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is a goldmine for writers and authors. I have saved this for future reference. Thanks again for all your support and sharing from experience.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Thanks, great advice, again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark! For whatever reason I cannot for the life of me remember the name of that book. I appreciate you telling me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Best of luck to you Dora. I will be cheering you on from Olympia, Washington. :) Thank you and blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, hold onto that thought. I can easily picture our yachts next to each other....now we just have to make it happen. As they say on television, stay tuned. :)

      Always a pleasure having you stop by. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I totally understand about wanting that poetry book in your hands. As for being a publishe...sheez, like I don't have enough to do already. LOL Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I had an e-Book children's book but I had to have the poetry book in my hand, just a dream I couldn't let go of. It only cost about $70 maybe less through lulu which put it also through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, plus. I thought that was pretty good especially since they told me exactly how to do it. I had my own picture for the cover. Looks pretty good.

      You should just become a publisher Bill and let us all just help set you up!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Bill. I have two books in print. I am thinking about an e-book trial soon, and I am saving all the pros and cons that I learn from you.

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      A good hub Bill.

      In the UK we don't have the Writers Market, we have the Writers and Artists Yearbook. It is also published yearly with updated lists of who is accepting submissions, what they are interested in and how to send in your submission. It also includes script writing, theatre etc..., some major writing competitions and a series of advice articles from established writers.

      If you get any queries from hubbers this side of the pond I whole heartedly recommend it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Nell. I'm glad it was helpful. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have mentioned that before, Sha, and thank you for reminding me. I'll add a link thanks to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I wouldn't be caught dead shopping on Black Friday. LOL...thank you and I'm glad this is helpful. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Bill, that answered all my questions! brilliant! I love the way you wrote it simply and easily for someone like me who gets in a muddle with all the blumf from other sites, LOL! this is bookmarked, so once again, thanks!

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Charles Atlas here, Billy, on behalf of Mr Lancaster who's developed a hernia holding up your comments column...

      Seriously though, I've just put my first book through the machine again. I won't find out before April next year if I was right to re-publish it. It's in paperback (556 pp through New Generation) and on KDP at about $4. Being the first of nine and I'm now in the first couple of chapters of book 5, I've come a long way since writing and e-mailing agents through the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook all around the UK and London. I've e-mailed the Media Machine and so on for the past two books and 'RAVENFEAST' is the third across their threshhold. A bit inside-out really, as it's supposed to be the first but my original publisher Authorhouse made a dog's dinner of it first time round.

      Maybe this time I've cracked it. Maybe one day you and I can buy neighbouring villas on Grand Bahama or wherever Bernard Cornwell moors his yacht (then I'll give him writing lessons!)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I think I mentioned to you a while back that I self-published my poetry book through Lulu.com. It's in softback form and it was totally free. I could have gone the e-book route with them, but I wanted to physically hold my book in my hands. They do offer an option to be listed on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and in the Ingram catalog that brick and mortar stores order their books from, in addition to the free listing you get on Lulu. The fee was $75, which I thought was very reasonable. Lulu.com is a print on demand (POD) publisher, so there's no minimum to buy on the part of the author. Although I haven't sold many copies (because I haven't marketed it!), I made back my $75 and then some.

      Just another option I thought I'd throw out there.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm taking notes! Still not there yet, but its good to have a plan for when you finally complete your masterpiece. Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I'm guessing you aren't out fighting the crowds on this "lovely" Black Friday?

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Two things...

      1. Yes, good advice to save often. I actually have the working copy and a backup for every manuscript, saving them both after each round of additions or changes. Then back them up to the cloud (I use Carbonite) so that they can be retrieved even if there's a computer failure.

      2. Yes, ebooks are easy and inexpensive to publish these days. But check this interesting post on BGR.com (a great site on mobile and tech trends): http://bgr.com/2013/11/28/ebooks-versus-printed-bo...

      Interesting, eh?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary for the idea and inspiration. The publishing game has changed so much over the years. It can be confusing and demoralizing, but the rewards are huge. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. It does this old heart good to know I am helping some writers. I did have a great Thanksgiving my friend and I trust you did as well.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      More great advice Bill. I hope to someday be in a position to be thinking about this. When that day comes I'll know where to turn to for advice, the hubpages library of Billybuc. Do you realize how many people you are helping here? I think a lot of us would be scratching our heads here if not for you. Many thanks. I trust you had a wonderful turkey day?

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Thank you for using my suggestion and for writing this informative hub. I have a few friends who have been closet writers for years (like over 30 years where they still write in copybooks!) and are finding that the submission and publishing rules they knew back then, have changed drastically. They now have to re-educate themselves on the process. Writers who have been in the game longer and stayed current with periodicals have changed as the process has changed. Gone are the days of sending out a few manuscripts and hope a publisher would read it and express interest in publishing it (that's how my first was published in 1969). Publishing ebooks on sites like lulu and smashwords are cakewalks because they detail the process clearly, eliminating the need for a tutorial. But some writers like to have a tutorial (security blanket) just to know if they are doing it right. Our books are like our babies, we give birth and nurture until we throw them out into the world. Children don't come with manuals, but publishing books do. What a comfort! Well done on this hub, again tyvm for using my suggestion :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, not lost for sure....maybe a bit indecisive, but not lost. Only you can decide if you publish....enjoy the process and don't make it a chore....and thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Thanks, Bill. This hub really hit home as I have a finished manuscript collecting dust in a corner. For a long time it was so personal to me that I almost didn't care if anybody ever read it. Then there was the confusion of what exactly to do with it. And finally I just started another one and let the first one sit. People think I'm nuts, but I was just a little lost. It's always good to hear from someone who's been through it. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rusti, it is wonderful to hear that you are so happy. Bravo my friend; you have earned that happiness so enjoy it.

      Check with local college art departments; you might find a student who will do illustrations for you for cheap.

      Have a wonderful holiday season and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Mary! Just spreading the love my friend; just spreading the love. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Ruth McCollum 3 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      I have a children's book I wrote years ago and many many people have read it and said I should try to get it published .I'm kinda proud of it. However, I cannot draw anything but a stick figure lol. story itself is cute though. So Billy my friend .I'm so glad I saw this hub on my email. I am currently writing a couple more and trying to find a pic of that 10 min cheesecake. Gonna have to make one and I just lost 100 pounds! i'm making two for my Christmas party because the kids scream bloody murder if I don't have enough on hand lol! Sorry about the chatter I'm extremely happy these days! Billy this has helped me more than you know. My husband said he'd help me if i let him sleep in. You enjoy your holiday my friend. Much love and joy to your family from mine!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      How wonderful to know you have a funnybone that acts up. Now I know why you are such a success and are able to give such good advice! And here you do it again in a concise form. Every would be author needs to stop by and visit billybuc.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It was for sure, Ann. :)

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You're welcome. Glad to read that your Thanksgiving was a good one. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE... I hope you use this information one day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it's always a pleasure. Enjoy your weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thanks for mentioning your book. I can never remember the name of it to include it in my articles. No way indeed do you give that book away. :) Have a wonderful weekend, Ann, and thank you!

      bill

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Road To Publishing A Book well informed and a useful hub to all writers.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Totally pinned this one Bill to refer back on if and when I do get to this point. Thank you for hearing your insight and wisdom here on this. Hope you are having a wonderful Friday now, too!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Great overview. Here we have the 'Writers and Artists' Year Book' which I guess is the same as your 'Writer's Market'. It's so useful. I have a treasured copy which my father gave me - bit out of date now but there's no way that's going in the bin!

      All writers who want to publish anything should have a copy of such a book; it's their bible. Superb advice from the master of 'how to...'! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric....I hope to die as a successful author....now, whose definition of successful is the question. :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just love these articles on this subject. I do not know why exactly. But they always bring home that dreams are attainable if we keep them alive.

      I do not so much want to live as and author but I would like to die as one.