Most writers agree that getting published is easier said than done. For one, it necessitates a degree of knowledge and even expertise in marketing, so that submitting to publishers is nothing less than strategic. It may even need authors to develop persuasion in their writing skills, so that they can package their manuscripts in a way that will speak the language of the publishing companies. Getting familiarized with the standards of the various distributors can also help in shaping the manuscript, so that it grabs the attention of editors.
With the above challenges, writers may have noticed by now that it takes a proactive effort to get to the book distributors that they prefer. Randomly submitting sample chapters is an exercise of futility, not to mention, discouraging, because writers who do it this way are likely to get more rejection letters. So, the key is to be strategic in one’s search for possible distributors, which in the end is a wise and efficient use of one’s resources. Christian book distributors that are the best in the industry are often found in places that fellow authors also frequent.
Book fair event is the first stop for the writer. This is where publishers set up their booths, display their titles, and present their authors. It is a good place to find reputable book distributors that are potential partners in the immediate future. Authors are often present during these events for book signing, and they are good sources of information about a certain publisher or distributor, especially when it comes to how they compensate their writers and price their work.
Information on the best distributors is also found at a local bookstore’s bestsellers’ list. Writers, while they are still in the process of finishing their book projects, can already begin frequenting bookstores in their town or city and find more about their publishers and distributors. Asking around at bookstores may not be as fruitful as inquiring with authors at book singing or launching events. Nonetheless, bookshops are great places to find out the type of content that attracts today’s readers most.
Another place to find more authors and distributors are writing workshops, in which published writers facilitate sessions. It is the best avenue to draw out their experiences and insights, since they have been there. They may have some knowledge about what not to do when mailing manuscripts to Christian book distributors, and such pointers are most valuable to beginner writers. Representatives from publishers are sometimes present to entertain, not just questions, but also promising manuscripts from participating writers.
Conferences organized especially for publishing and distribution companies are affairs, where writers can meet with chief editors and decision makers, the best of what the industry has to offer. Getting tipped off on when and where the next conference can be researched online, and by signing up in publishers’ mailing list for weekly or monthly newsletters. Knowing and understanding the trends of the publishing industry can steer writers toward contents that will in people’s hands.
The Internet has a plethora of source listings that writers can take advantage for their book projects. It also gives access to a number of training opportunities, such as the FREE “Book Publishing Mini-Course”, under auspices of the Trinity Living Today.