Many writers understand writing a manuscript requires determination. You want to share your ideas with the world, but not many young writers know what to do with their manuscript upon completion. You can place your thoughts on pen and paper, but how can you convert that draft into a print or e-book? After all, a novel can bring great potential but only if presented to the right people. So, what options exist to get work published?
There are two main options for publishing your novel – Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing.
What is the difference between the two?
Traditional publishing, as the name suggests, is the traditional way of getting your book published. You send in your manuscript, along with a synopsis of the novel and the listed target audience to a literary agent or publishing company. If accepted, the publisher will offer you a contract and help to print and distribute your books to retailers. Often a publisher will also help you to promote and advertise your book as well. If your book is successful, you get to receive royalty based on the number of copies sold.
Authors can also choose to self-publish. Here you complete your novel and upload it directly to a platform or to a book manufacturer. From there, the manufacturer will print your novel based on the amount of orders received from their respective website. This method is more cost-effective and a quicker way to get your novel from an e-draft into a physical copy. However, the downside to this method is that the manufacturer will not help you to promote or distribute your work. You will have to depend on your online social platforms and invest your own effort into the promotion of your book.
Want to learn more on how you can take that step forward to publish your novel? Our workshop “Inside Publishing with Emily Lighezzolo” on the 23rd of March can help young writers, aged 16 to 25 learn the steps of getting their novel publish as well as learn the ins-and-outs of the publishing industry in Australia.