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Choose Your Publisher Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I publish my book?

That decision is entirely up to you. The power to choose when and how to publish your book is in your hands. But before you do take that first step, it's important to learn and understand what self-publishing can do for you.

Ten, fifteen years ago, only a select few had the power to decide when to publish and to approve manuscripts for production. That time is gone forever. Self-publishing is a buyer's market, and aspiring authors like you today hold the power to publish your book. You direct the destiny of your book and how you want your book to achieve publishing success.

What do I have to be on the lookout for when choosing a book publisher?

You should pick a book publisher for its reliability, quality of service, and reputation. Whether you’re a published author searching for non-traditional publishing options or a writer debuting your first book, these are the key characteristics you should look for in your chosen book publisher.

But before you scout for a publisher, be sure that you've got your publishing goals down pat. If not, ask yourself the following questions: What type of book are you planning to publish and in what genre? Are you publishing for a select audience, niche market, or popular distribution? Will you require special publishing services to produce your book? Answering questions like these will give you a foundation for determining what services you'll need for your book and, ultimately, which book publisher you will work with.

If you want to know more, never be shy about checking their websites and requesting for brochures or publishing guides. Most self-publishing companies welcome speaking with authors directly, so feel free to call them to decide which one is the right fit for you. Remember, good things in come in threes, so be sure that the one you choose is reliable, reputable, and only offers top-quality service.

Is there a need for me to hire a literary agent to get published?

Not necessarily. If you are willing to undergo the stress and struggle of sending query letters or copies of your manuscripts to traditional publishers, you may have to consider getting a good literary agent. However, the publishing landscape has changed so much in the last five to ten years. Self-publishing has moved into the mainstream, becoming a legitimate alternative for writers to publish their books. Through self-publishing, you retain all your rights to your work, direct the course of publishing your book, and receive the final copy on a quicker turnaround time, all without shelling out extra for the services of an agent.

Will readers be able to buy my book from booksellers and online retailers, or will I have to find ways to distribute copies of my own books?

Yes, your book with be available for purchase through retailers. With the advent of self-publishing and the rise of new book marketing channels, aspiring authors like you can have your book made available through the same online distribution channels traditional publishers use. Family, friends, and readers around the world may have access to copies of your book through popular online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among others. What makes self-publishing unique is that authors like you can purchase copies of your book at marked-down rates, allowing you to sell them on your own and make even bigger profit margins.

Can I keep the rights to my book?

Yes, absolutely. This is the very distinction that sets traditional publishing houses apart from author-directed independent publishing.

If you sign a deal with traditional publishers, turning over your domestic, foreign, and film rights to your books may be mandatory. With self-publishing, your rights remain intact. This allows you to retain full control over the publishing and marketing direction of your book. You have the power to take your book to new markets and readerships around the country and across the globe. Self-publishing allows you to take advantages of new opportunities in other fields like film, TV, and theater, to name a few. Through self-publishing, you maintain your rights. The possibilities are limitless, and you, as the author, have the lion's share of the success, as it is rightly should be.

How do I get started?

Getting started on self-publishing your book is easy. First, you need to complete the questions on The answers you give on the form will become the basis for Choose Your Publisher to make recommendations and match you with book publishers that best fit your needs and can help you achieve your publishing goals. Don't forget to click on the box that allows you to receive e-mails from the publisher. This allows you to get promo updates and other useful information you can use as an author. Make sure that the phone number you add is one where professional publishing consultants can call you to know more about your needs so they can recommend services that may suit your publishing goals, budget, and time line.

Are you writing a children's book or the next GREAT NOVEL?

Publishing services providers publish books of all genres - novels, biographies, children's books, photo books, self-help books, business books and more! Different publishers specialize in different types of books, that's why it's important to find the publishers that's right for you.

Publish your book to coincide with AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN YOUR LIFE!

Many authors set the goal of completing and publishing their books by a certain important date. Hold the first book in your hand before your next birthday; or by your wedding anniversary; or in time for an upcoming speaking engagement.