Lit Lingo

Publishing a book is the big goal for most aspiring authors, and while it is incredibly rewarding when it comes to fruition, the road to get there often comes with many obstacles. We wanted to pull back the curtain on things that aren’t always widely talked about when it comes to publishing your book. So here are five things to keep in mind on the journey. 1. Big publishing houses are not always the best option for all writers. Big publishing houses like HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster are great and produce high quality books. However, working with indie publishers or even self-publishing may be a better fit for the book you are trying to bring to life. Much like finding the right babysitter or nanny, the person who has been in the business the longest or the person with the most reviews aren’t always the right fit for your children. As an author, you need to find the publishing option that works the best with your book. Does the publisher share your vision? How much time will they be able to dedicate to you? Do you trust the people you will be working with? Do your goals line up? Your book has the best chance of succeeding if it is in the hands of the right publisher, not necessarily the biggest one. 2. Websites and social media are more important now than ever before. Having a website and a social media presence is key before and after your book is published. Making sure you have an active presence on social media can help your chances of being published, as it helps you demonstrate that you have a following and/or audience who would be excited to purchase your book. It is also an incredibly important part of marketing. Running giveaways and giving shoutouts to people who have bought the book are little ways to increase your visibility on social platforms. Having a website where they can...

Depending on a book’s genre and content, it may include a variety of content types. Let’s learn about the most common parts of a book and how to use them in your publishing journey. Books can have some or most of these different parts; some are required while others are optional. They must appear in the correct order and formatted to standard....

They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and this is certainly true in the book publishing world. For many authors (debut authors especially), networking can feel overwhelming and intimidating. Authors can spend a lot of time worrying about whether they're working with the right editor, the best publicist, or the ideal publisher for them and their book specifically. Our advice? Never underestimate the power of a great referral....

Excellent book covers can also serve as a reliable marketing tool, helping to attract your target audience and build your author brand. Communicating all this information can be a tall order for one book jacket. That’s why having a professional designer can make a tremendous impact on your book’s success. ...

In addition to print and digital editions, Books Fluent offers professionally narrated, expertly engineered and mastered audiobook production. Distribution and sales channels include Amazon, Audible, iTunes, and retailers worldwide. We also offer audiobook promotional services in the form of announcement videos, narrated teasers, and author interviews for engaging social posts....

When you are self-publishing, you are the author of not just your book but also your book’s journey. You have the opportunity (and the burden) to determine your goals and objectives. It is key to have realistic ideas about success in mind. That way, the team of people working to help create your book can also help meet your goals. Your voice is valuable, and we’re listening....

When it comes to editing, professional services deliver better results. The book marketplace is competitive, and to make money on a book, you must transform your manuscript, a labor of love and commitment, into a product. Thankfully, independently published authors have access to the same powerful product development tools as traditionally published books — developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Let’s explore finding the perfect editor for your books and review the different types of editing....