However, looking for publishers for your master piece can sometimes put a frown on your face as you go through the long list of publishers. By the time you are finishing doing hours of searching the web for places accepting manuscripts and reading their guidelines, making notes and then comparing what you have to what they want or what they are looking for, it may make you, the writer, a bit discourage.
You can have a long list of publishers that may be a "possibility," but by the time you finish weeding out the good from the bad, you may end up having only two names that you marked with a star. Those are your contact names where you might have a chance of getting your work published. Oh and don't forget when you are searching, it is vital that you check the publisher's website out and look at the types of books that they have already published. Does your masterpiece fit into their categories? This information will help you decided if you should submit your material or keep looking. Were you just about to submit fiction material to a publisher who only publishes nonfiction? Or maybe without thinking you were just about to submit your picture book idea to someone who deals only with young adult and older. See, it pays to read and do the research before you submit.
Yes indeed, a lot of work goes into getting ready for a submission, which goes to show that just because your manuscript is finished, the process is far from being over. You as the writer/author just finished doing the first and easiest part of all.....writing the story. You know, that's why I think more and more people, new writers/authors especially are opting for the self-publishing, doing it yourself to avoid the painstaking time of finding a publisher.
I've been down the path of self-publishing, my first three books were self-published and it was a gratifying feeling when all was finished and the books were put on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. It was even more gratifying when I saw the royalties too.
I just spent several hours looking for publishers for two new story ideas, letting my fingers do the walking online and not having much success. Perhaps I should go back to self-publishing so that I can finish these to book projects....but where should I go? I looked at LULU again, and walked away a bit disappointed because they have changed and the process does not look as easy as it once was, when I did my first three books. I couldn't even find the area for book covers. Did they do away with the free ones?
Just saying.....this author is still on the prowl. Nobody ever said tha