How to publish a book?

Since you are reading this, you have probably already written a book and now you want to know how to publish it. Let me start by giving you the bad news: Getting your book published is a long and frustrating process.

However, though this guide we have tried to give you all the information you would need about the complete process of getting your book published. We have written this guide from the Indian point of view. We have also provided addresses etc. of the publishing houses etc. in India so that you know whom to approach.

The Basics

There are two main characters that are involved in the book publishing business:

  • One is the “Agent”
  • The other is the “Publisher”

What is an agent?

Agents are basically people who have contacts in the publishing house. If you can get an agent interested in your book, you can get your book printed.

These agents receive a whole lot of ideas for books. They go through these books and decide whether or not they are good. If an agent likes your book, he will use his contacts in the publishing house to get your book printed.

In return for getting your book printed, he will ask for some percentage of how much you make on the book.

The problem with agents is that they are generally very picky about which books they choose to be published. This is because the publishing house takes up books that are only recommended by the agents that have a track record of representing “good books”.

What is a publisher?

The “publisher” is the actual company that chooses to publish your book. In the company, there are a number of “editors” whose job is to choose which books the company publishes.

In India, one of the biggest publishers is, “Penguin Books India”

In most countries, you have to have an agent. If you don’t have an agent on your side, there is little scope of you being published. However, in India you may directly approach some “editors” with your book directly.

It is always much wiser to have an agent on your side. This will increase the possibility of publishing your book.

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to publish a book? – Introduction
  2. How to approach an agent or editor?
  3. Do’s & Don’ts of writing a “perfect” query letter
  4. How to write a “perfect” query letter?
  5. Book publishing companies, agents & editors in India
  6. What happens after you send the query letter?