In this article, you shall discover three factors that are likely to help you get a book published by a traditional, offline publisher. Whilst there are no guarantees of success, these strategies will give you your best chance of getting published.
Write a non-fiction book
Effective method of getting published
It may not seem that attractive, but writing a non-fiction or “how-to,” book vastly increases your chances of getting published.
There is always a demand for books that meet people’s yearn to learn a skill or solve a problem.
If the current trend changes and your “chick-lit-meets-vampire-comedy-fantasy,” goes out of style, publishers know that they could be left with lots of unsold stock.
Give publishers and agents what they want
Publishers and agents are getting more and more explicit about their requirements and spell them out online, in directories and magazines aimed at aspiring writers. Be sure that you respect their criteria precisely.
If they are only interested in romantic fiction submitted to them by agents, then don’t send them your detailed biography of a Silicon Valley mogul.
Do you need an agent?
The related question here is should you find an agent?
Many non-fiction authors originally approached their publisher directly. If you are commercially astute and take advice on any non-fiction book deal, it is possible, though not easy, to end up with a good one. This is less relevant for fiction authors who can gain a competitive edge and get their work seen more readily if they have an agent.
Think of your book as a product
Consider your target audience
Thinking of your book as a product can be hard when you have put hours of love, focus and effort into it.
But to a publisher, even a friendly one, your book is a product unit, aimed at a particular market, with the potential to make a defined amount of profit.
If it can’t fit clearly into that framework, then from a commercial point of view it is a less viable option. Blogs and e-books
Instead of feeling depressed by this kind of commercial thinking, use it to your advantage.
Turning books into e-books or blogs in order to attract a publisher is a strategy that authors commonly use.
Far from putting off publishers and agents, it shows them that you will be able to promote your own work long after you reach your initial goal of writing and publishing a book.
That turns you into a more attractive author, especially from a publisher's point of view.