Title: Publishing Options For New Authors Word Count: 610 Summary: Most of us have dreams of writing a book one day but the statistics ve rify that the vast majority never c omplete the task. There are lots o f reasons for this failure but one of the most important is that would -be authors have heard that publish ers accept only a tiny percentage o f the book proposals they receive. People have heard how difficult it can be and they give up on the tas k as a result. Technology has changed a lot of thi ngs in the publishing industry, not to men... Keywords: book,publishing,writing,author Article Body: Most of us have dreams of writing a book one day but the statistics ve rify that the vast majority never c omplete the task. There are lots o f reasons for this failure but one of the most important is that would -be authors have heard that publish ers accept only a tiny percentage o f the book proposals they receive. People have heard how difficult it can be and they give up on the tas k as a result. Technology has changed a lot of thi ngs in the publishing industry, not to mention just about every other industry you can imagine. Not only is it easier for an entrepreneur t o start a book publishing company b ut the costs of printing a small nu mber of books has come down dramati cally, allowing authors to avoid th e prohibitive minimums that used to characterize the book printing bus iness. With these recent developments in m ind, we need to re-introduce would- be authors to the new book-publishi ng landscape so they can re-evaluat e the possibility of finally making their dream a reality. This artic le will review the three primary wa ys of getting a book published in t he modern world. Future articles w ill cover the opportunities and cha llenges of each strategy. The first way of getting a book pub lished is the path that has existed for years and years. There are a number of huge publishing houses in cluding Penguin, Random House and M cGraw Hill that can do the job. Bu t these industry elephants only wor k with proven authors and generally require you have a literary agent before they’ll even review the prop osal. Of course, the upside is tha t these publishing giants are well respected, leaving you with better credibility and preferential shelf space within the major retailers. The second strategy is to use a sma ller independent publisher. There are more and more of these popping up everyday and they tend to specia lize in one genre or another. Of c ourse, there’s a wide variety of pu blishers within this category – som e very small and others quite well established – but they all generall y have full distribution channels i n place, allowing your book to reac h the same shelves as the big boys. Proposals are sent directly to th e Acquisitions Editor for considera tion and literary agents are optional. The last strategy is by far the mos t common: self-publishing. Because printing minimum order quantities have come down so much in recent ye ars, authors can quickly and easily print a few copies of their new bo ok and risk less money than ever be fore. Obviously, this virtually el iminates one of the major barriers to entry and an estimated 90% of al l books being published today are s elf-published. The clear upside is that nobody can reject your proposal. If you want to write it and print it, go right ahead. And in many cases, the pri nting houses you would use to get t he book put on paper have respectab le distribution channels in place a s well, meaning your book could the oretically reach the same shelves a s those published by larger publish ing companies. The downside is a l ower degree of credibility but for many, that’s a small price to pay f or their dream to get realized. The important thing to remember is that regardless of the publishing m ethod you choose, the majority of t he marketing effort is left to the author. Even with the industry maj ors, it’s the author’s job to promo te and sell his or her book. So if you have ambitions to publish your own book, sit down and think about how you’re going to sell it. If y ou have an answer to that question, you have a much better chance of g etting accepted by the big boys.