Sunday, March 9, 2014

10 Ways to Tell If Your Book is Worth Publishing


Every person who hopes to be an author wonders at some point if their idea, story or memoir is worth reading or publishing. At Just Write Books, we've come up with a list of ten reasons that may help you decide if you want to publish.
1. Is there an audience willing to read your story? Consider what you've written from all angles and determine if there is a group of people who would be interested in what you have to say.
2. Are they willing to pay to read it? This is related to item number one above. While some people may want to read your story, in order for it to be worth publishing, they have to be willing to pay. Otherwise, it is not worth the cost and effort of publishing.
3. Is it related to your business? If your book helps explain something that you do for a living, it can act as your calling card in business circles. A relevant book is worth publishing.
4. Is it related to someone else's business? Does what you've written relate to a business or organization that would be willing to purchase your book in large quantities? Think books on yoga for a health center, town history books for specific history societies and other relationships.
5. Do you have a family to share your story with? Sometimes publishing your book can be a small affair for you and your family. If you want to share your life story with family members and future generations, you may find publishing a good format for it.
6. Does what you're writing about relate to a larger event? There are many stories written about individuals during World War II. Just Write Book's Only One Child tells the story of a British couple who sent their children to America for safety reasons and the long term affect it had on the children.
7. Is your story related to current events? News trends change every year, but if you are able to capture an important topic and write something relevant to breaking story, your chances of being published are greater.
8. Is your book educational? If your book helps people's understanding of a complex topic or you're sharing your knowledge of a less widely studied topic, your book may be worth publishing. Wild Plants of Maine is a great example of this with its companion, Forager's Notebook.
9. Is there a niche market for the topic you want to write about? If a lot of people have written about your subject, there may be people interested in reading it. Do some research. Find the questions people are asking on Google related to your book. If there aren’t a lot of answers, your book may be it.
10. Is having your name on the cover of a book an item on your bucket list? Sometimes it might just be a matter of wanting to have your story published. I spoke with someone this week who said he had spent three years collecting rejection slips. He had great comments from the readers but couldn't find a publisher.  When there was a special offer, he finally went to CreateSpace and uploaded his book, created a cover and published 10 copies. He's happy he did that.

Why do you want to publish your book? Why is it important? 


Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Bookspublishing Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk projectbuilding a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: nerandolph@jstwrite.com.

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