Demystifying the Paths to Publishing: Episode 002
Updated: Jul 5
Authors Talking Bookish with hosts Hope Gibbs and Donna Norman-Carbone
Long before you write the words “THE END,” know the next steps for your book’s future. How does a book get published in 2023? Hope and Donna discuss the various ways in getting your book into the hands of the reading public. From traditional, small press, hybrid and self-publishing, they will share the benefits and the drawbacks of each and will give helpful tips to navigate some of the pitfalls.
What are the main ways of getting a book published?
Traditional – The Big Five (Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette) and Amazon’s imprints.
Helpful resources to assist you with finding publishers and agents:
Women’s Fiction Writers Association
Manuscript Wish List
Self Publishing for Dummies
Launch Pad: Countdown to Publishing
Assess your book goals. What form of publishing works for you? What are your next
steps in securing that goal?
If traditional or small press, make lists of possible agents. Follow trends on Publisher’s Marketplace.
If Hybrid, begin vetting publishers, finding the right fit for you and your budget. Possibly looking into crowd sourcing.
If self, finding editors and designers you can hire to get your book to the marketplace in tip top shape.
FREE DOWNLOAD: Query Template
Explore the links below, especially the Manuscript Wish List. Take a look at boutique/small publishing houses and hybrid. Do some research on self-publishing.
Publisher’s Marketplace https://www.publishersmarketplace.com
Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) https://www.womensfictionwriters.org/
Query Tracker https://querytracker.net
Manuscript Wish List https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com
Hope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue https://www.authorhopegibbs.com/
Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred https://www.donnanormancarbone.com