If you write without getting published, then there is no use in writing at all Those are words of wisdom from someone who wants you to seriously consider publishing your book. Have I actually written a best seller? Do I believe that people will read my book? Is my theme such a timely one that the public should know? Am I expecting responses from my readers? Will I benefit in one way or the other from the publication of this book? Will I be contented even if I dont make money? If you answer in the affirmative to one or more of the above questions, then do not hesitate to listen to the above advice to publish. It will, therefore, be nice for you to know different publishing channels available, so as to enable you make an informed decision. Also called commercial publishers, these are the big fish in the publishing industry.
They include Longman, Macmillan, Heinemann, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Doubleday Books, Little Brown and Co., and Brace Jovanovich, among others. They publish without asking for payment from authors. My advice to you is that if you are pre published, if you are a new writer, do not waste your time submitting your books to these elephants. Because they will not publish you! Yes, they have published a few unknowns like Eric Segal (LOVE STORY) and Kathleen Winsor (FOREVER AMBER) But what about the countless others who got the polite rejection slip: We are sorry your book does not meet our present needs. I am among that number. I got a rejection slip from one of them, one year after submission! Can you imagine that? And in the end, you would have to pray to the god of good luck, to get a publisher. And after another one year, another rejection slip. Another prayer. So you would have to spend a lifetime looking for a publisher, after months or years of hard work, writing your book. The point is that they dont have the time to read your book.
Or they cant recognize a good book if they see one. Or, they cant afford to risk their money publishing a new comer like you, without hope of getting huge profits. Or, all of the above. But consider: If you were a great writer, perhaps a Nobel Laureate who had written a magnum opus. Or, if you were some celebrated politician with a memoir about your dalliance with some red lipped prostitutes. Or, if as a scientist, you had written a book about how time travels backwards, titled THE THEORY OF BACKWARD MOVEMENT. All of them, the above ones I have mentioned, and others not named, would rush to dangle certified Bank checks with ten digit figures before your smiling face! But try sending your unsolicited manuscript, you unknown writer; and be damned! Lets illustrate this point further. Do you know Jerzy Kosinskis THE THIRTY NINE STEPS? Yes, one writer had that best seller typed, and submitted, as a manuscript by a new writer, and waited for an answer. And what reply did he get?
All the trade publishers rejected it. All the agents told him, no way. And to worst the experiment, Random House which originally published the book, threw it out as an insignificant book. Yet, this was a National Book Award Winner. Even, some other best- sellers were randomly rejected. Like THE JUNGLE by Upton Sinclair. Like Thomas Paines COMMON SENSE. Like MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION by Lloyd C. Douglas. Do you now understand what I mean when I say you should not go to them? But you have another chance. And they pay higher commission or royalties, than the trade publishers. They include Vantage Press, Minerva Press and Avon Books. Now, paying for book publication has a long history. Many great writers started that way. Edward Fitzgerald financed the publication of his monumental work, THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. Thomas Gray paid to publish his classic, ELEGY. And what about Edgar Allan Poe? He sponsored the printing of the book of all times, TAMERLANE AND OTHER POEMS.