Thursday, September 20, 2007

How to get a book publish - 10 steps

Following the recent publication of the book titled Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices which I co-edited with my colleague Shamin Renwick, I have been receiving queries on how to get a book published. Here is a summary of the 10 steps to getting published:

1. Start with an idea. Write about:
- what you are passionate about
- work experience
- original research

2. Start by publishing electronically: Social networks (Facebook, Myspace, Ning), Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Lists- AutoCat, RefCat.

3. Find co-author/s (if work is collaborative).

4. Do your research on what has been published on your chosen topic.

5a. Find a publisher who has shown interest in your subject/topic area (self publishing is the newest effort in this direction http://www.lulu.com/
5b.Write a proposal following (strictly) publishers guidelines.

6. Read (and re-read) legal agreements before signing.

7. Start writing
-- Set deadlines/Write a little everyday
--Proofread (you, colleagues, family)

8. Submit manuscript to publisher.

9. Edit galley/return to publisher (x times). Contact Endorsers to write blurbs, reviews.

10. Book published (reap fame & fortune ???). Be involved in promotion & marketing (book launches, book discussions, conferences, library associations mailing lists, blogs, other media).

Here is a link to additional resources (print & online) on publishing.

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