I have successfully completed my manuscript and am ready to take a vacation. Yet while walking down the beach I wondered what would happen next to my story. Dungeons, dragons, and headless horsemen came to mind.
Sitting on the unpublished side of the fence, the greener grasses beyond are as foreboding as the Great Wall of China. But when I sat in the Write to Publish class taught by Nancy Lohr, Acquisitions Editor of Journey Fourth, I felt like a curtain opened letting me see what actually happens next.
Ignorance, in this case, has not been bliss. Not knowing drives me crazy. I feel like I'm trying to scale a fortress and alligators are leaping up to bite my foot off. You, too?
Today I am going to share the publication process. The secrets from behind those chilling gray walls where chutes and ladders send our story back to us or up to the next level. Knowing how far my manuscript rose to a certain level is something I find encouraging.
So, thanks to Nancy Lohr, here is the inside scoop-the basic route our manuscript takes after we say, "I do."
1. Submit the manuscript to an agent or directly to a publisher.
A. If sent to an agent, the agent will then send the
manuscript to appropriate publishers.
2. A contract is negotiated.
3. The publishing house will set up a schedule and budget to complete the project.
4. Arranging and acquiring needed artwork. This may include extras like maps, and other drawings.
5. Editing - developmental editing
6. Communication with author for changes and review of proofs. Many of today's busy authors end up combining exercise with corrections.
7. The actual production of the book!
Proofing (author may be asked to review)
8. Final Approval Given
add this book to the house catalog
add to house website
social media parties
and so much more
10. Sales Wouldn't it be nice to have the graph to the left represent our sales? I think so, too. Although there would be the usual dips, the overall is increased sales. This really works best when the author jumps in and helps with marketing with both feet. We know our books better than the publisher. We also know the audience better. Recently I saw a commercial that had these words on the bottom of the screen: actor used to portray symptoms. Seriously? Duh, I knew that. That's why I hit the remote to change the station. For me to buy the product, I would first listen to a friend or someone I knew share their positive experience. Wouldn't you?
Sure this can seem overwhelming. But if you're like me, knowing the mountain is in front of me makes the journey easier. I can set goals. I can understand what is happening at each step.
Do you have questions? I'll be here and some of our published Alley cats and pals can hop in and answer them. Maybe Nancy Lohr will have a chance to pop in!
YOUR TURN: Have you traversed the publication mountain? What was it like?
Are you at the base of the mountain, ready to go?
Have you packed your bags and heading there? Isn't it exciting?
Mary has moved to Michigan with her husband, closer to her three college kids. She misses the mountains of Montana, but loves seeing family more often. She writes contemporary and romance Christian fiction, is honing marketing and writing skills, and loves to pen missionary and Bible adventure stories on her ministry blog, God Loves Kids.