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Checklist For Publishing & Selling Your Books
by Rex Lee Reynolds   

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Publisher:  LuLu ISBN-10:  0557307813 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 30, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780557307814

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Very happy about being able to help others with this comprehensive and detailed guide for the new or veteran author who wants to get their books into print immediately and sell as many copies as possible - available in print, download or e-book

A big discount on this book is available for the print or e-book version at my storefront on the publisher's site at It's also available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook Book for only $2.99

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You put the finishing touches on your secret agent spy novel and put the manuscript in a box to be mailed off to the publisher. With your dark glasses and the collar of your trench coat pulled up to your ears, you look around suspiciously on your way to the post office to make sure you’re not being followed. You continue to look around while at the post office window, completely paranoid and scared stiff that someone is after you and wants to take your manuscript, even if they have to kill you to get it.  Then on your way home you breath a sigh of relief when remembering that you haven’t really told anyone you were writing it, not even the publisher. You realize that your secret is safe. And you are so right.  What you don’t know is that no one will ever know about it, not even the publisher, because he isn’t even going to open it, he doesn’t have time.

Written by a quality assurance engineer, web developer, businessman and author of more than a dozen books.
Get your books into print and selling in the marketplace now, at the lowest cost to you with maximum sales and profits!
Whether you are a veteran or new to writing and publishing, this checklist will provide you with methods for getting the most out of conventional or self-publishing, and help you decide which is best for you.
Checklist is a comprehensive and detailed guide for the author who wants to get their book into print immediately and sell as many copies as possible, with methods and tools for publishing and marketing. Includes details about how to get exta benefits, advantages and sales boosts from online inbound  marketing and social networking media.
Basics and advanced methods for low-cost marketing with maximum return for the author.
Includes submission guidelines for conventional and self-publishing, with many tips and techniques for getting low-cost or free exposure.

Chapter Four


Publishing Processes – The One Best For You


            It’s always good to have choices, isn’t it?  It would be a very boring world if there were no choices.  The best publishing process for you would depend upon you or what kind of person you are, which we can divide into several types.

If you just finished your book and already have a publisher making out a big advance check and putting it in the mail to you, you already know which publishing process is best for you and don’t need to bother with a decision.  But if you got a lot of rejection slips from agents and publishers and no interest from any of them, and still want to publish your book, there are some other ways you can go, depending on the kind of person you are.

If you are the hands-on do-it-yourself kind of person who likes to get out the hammer and nails and fix things yourself then self-publishing is probably going to be your thing.  If you are not the do-it-yourself type and tend to call the repair guy when something needs to be fixed then you can still do self-publishing but will need a little or a lot more help, and will need to pay more to have your book published.  Even if you are the hands-on type and like doing things yourself maybe you are very busy and don’t have the time.  Whatever the situation there is a solution for everybody.


Conventional Publishing


            Conventional publishing consists of getting your book into print by first writing a query letter to a literary agent or to the editor of the publishing company.  If the agent or publisher is interested from what you have put in your query letter to them, they will tell you to send your manuscript, or maybe the first few chapters.  If the publisher wants to publish your book they will buy the rights to the book from you and pay you a royalty on sales.  Depending upon how much confidence they have in your book the publisher may pay you an advance on the royalties.  If they are not interested they will send you a rejection slip, briefly telling you they are not interested. 

Writers Market has a list of all the agents and publishers who have requested to be on the list.  Writers Market is a book with an associated website at   It provides names and addresses of the agents and publishers.  Each agent and publisher will state the guidelines in their listing regarding what kind of books or literature they are looking for with specific details as to how they prefer writers to communicate with them.  Publishers will also mention in their listings if they accept query letters from writers or only from agents representing writers.

The query letter describes briefly what your book is about, enough to give an agent or publisher some idea if your book is something they would like to know more about.  If an agent or publisher likes your letter they will ask you to send your manuscript or a few sample chapters.  If your book is accepted for publication you might get an advance from the publisher.  The average advance is a few thousand dollars but publishers do not have to offer an advance, and some do not.  Many publishers will at least provide the author a few copies of the printed book.  Some cheap publishers have stated in the listing that a few copies of the book forwarded to the author will be the only payment the author will receive.  For the best authors who are on the best seller list the advance can be in the millions of dollars, sometimes even before the publisher has seen the entire manuscript if the publisher knows the author well enough.

I have written many query letters to agents and publishers, estimated in the hundreds, the results mostly being a lot of rejection slips that came back.  But I also managed on a number of occasions to have manuscripts reviewed by literary agents.  On two occasions when still quite new as a writer I paid a fee to literary agents, a few hundred dollars, and felt the advice I got from the agents was worth the money.  I also had several of my manuscripts reviewed by literary agents at no cost to me, with good advice that was provided.  On one occasion a query letter to a conventional publisher resulted in the publisher offering a contract and acquiring the rights to two of my manuscripts that were published.

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