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Congratulations on Completing Your Book!

You’ve done it—your book is complete! Now comes the exciting part: deciding how to bring it into the world. Should you self-publish or seek out a traditional publisher? It’s a big decision, but fear not—we’re here to guide you through the process.

The Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing Dilemma

Costs and Considerations

Both options have their merits. If you choose the traditional route and submit your manuscript to publishers, remember that they expect a polished, “final manuscript.” That means minimal errors and a professional touch. Consider hiring a proofreader or editor to ensure your work shines.

The Publisher’s Perspective

Publishers evaluate books based on various criteria, with “sellability” topping the list. If your book gets rejected, don’t be disheartened—it doesn’t reflect your talent. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of whether the publisher sees it as a potential moneymaker.

J.K. Rowling’s Journey

Remember, even J.K. Rowling faced rejection multiple times before her magical success. Perseverance pays off!

Why Self-Publishing Makes Sense

Print on Demand (PoD)

With digital printing and PoD, you can print a small number of books cost-effectively. Quality matters just as much as price—don’t compromise!

Your Book, Your Way

Self-publishing gives you creative control. You decide the cover, layout, and marketing strategy. Plus, you retain more of the profits.

So, whether you choose the traditional path or embrace self-publishing, know that your book deserves to be out there. Keep writing, keep believing, and who knows—you might just be the next J.K. Rowling!

Happy publishing!

How long is a piece of string?

How long must my novel be?  How many pages? The number of pages will vary depending on font, font size, book size and many other factors; you should measure your manuscript by the number of words.

Novel - 40,000 words or more

Novella - 17,500 to 39,999 words

Novelette - 7,500 to 17,499 words

Short Story - under 7,500 words

As examples: Tolstoy's War and Peace has 587,287 words, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – 76,944 words and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – 46,333 words.

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