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Achieve Your Goal to be Published

by Ron Kurtus (revised 14 August 2015)

If you have a great idea for a book and are working on the manuscript, you probably have a goal to get your book published. Perhaps it could even become a best-seller.

One of the first things you should do is to write a short book proposal to help define your book to yourself, as well as to possible interested parties. Although you may have enthusiasm about your subject matter, you really need to have an idea of who else would want to read such a book.

Then examine the routes to get your book published.

Finally, you need to act to achieve your goal. You can try traditional publishers or decide to self-publish, which is the direction we are considering.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.

Write book proposal

The first thing you need to do in order to get your book published—even including publishing it yourself—is to write a book proposal. This will help define what your book is about, who would be interested in reading such a book,

Describe book

If you told someone your were writing a book, how would you describe it? This is the same thing you would tell a literary agent or publisher: "It is a book about...

You could go into more detail but not more that three or four paragraphs.

Define audience

You need to define for whom the book is intended and who your market is.

Examine routes to get published

In order to achieve your goal of getting your book published, you need to consider possible routes to take.

The routes you can take to get your book published are:

The routes to getting published include going through a publishing house that invests their money to print and distribute your book, paying a self-publishing or vanity book service to publish your book, or starting your own publishing business.

You can weigh the pros and cons of each and select your choice of a route to follow.

Act to achieve your goal

If you book idea has promise, you can try to achieve your goal of getting the book published.

Try agents and publishers

You may try to get a literary agent to handle your project or even go directly to some publishers. In many cases, it is worth the effort, even if you only get rejections. On the other hand, there may be enough interest in your book that a major publishing house will decide to publish it.

Select self-publishing route

If you decide to handle the publishing yourself, you must first set up a publishing business. Then you format your manuscript to make it ready for printing and e-book distribution.

You get your book printed and your e-book formatted and align with a distributor who will send it to online bookstores.

Market and promote

Whichever route you take, you will still need to market and promote your book yourself.


In order to achieve your goal of getting your book published, you must first do some marketing research to see possible interest in such a book. This includes writing a book proposal. Then you consider the various routes to get published and decide on the most promising one.

If you select self-publishing, you can decide whether to use a publishing service or to start up your own business.

Be courageous

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