First-time authors must inevitably address the question: How do I get my book published? Although there is no one universal answer, you can improve the odds of getting a book company to publish your manuscript.

But, first, it is essential that new authors realize the odds are against getting your book published, at least by one of the big six publishing houses: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Penguin Group, Random House and Simon & Schuster. The book trade is a highly competitive marketplace and, as a for-profit business, the purpose of these publishers is to make money. Even with the help of a literary agent, very few “unknown” authors are offered a publishing contract by them.

Publishing a book dictates that authors present even the small, independent publishers with a quality product that captures the acquisitions editor’s interest immediately. Acquisitions editors are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. They are besieged daily by aspiring unknown authors requesting to submit a manuscript for review. Their job is to determine which manuscripts go in the round file and which ones merit further consideration. Making this critical decision can take the acquisitions editor less than a minute, especially when the author’s manuscript fails to meet the industry “publishable standard.”

Many a great story presented poorly has died prematurely for the author’s lack of understanding how to prepare their manuscript for this critical first step in the book publishing process.

To quote Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling: “A good first impression can work wonders.”

That’s precisely why it is so very important that you, as a first-time author, enlist the help of a publishing professional to show how to get your book published. Literary agents know how to find a publisher that may be interested in reviewing your book. Independent book editors, writing coaches and professional proofreaders may also know where to publish a book like yours. All of these book publishing professionals have expertise that can guide you in preparing your manuscript to meet the industry publishable standard.

The difference between getting, and not getting, your manuscript published can come down to knowing what is required to meet the industry standard for publication. If you do not know what the standard is, and how to meet it, the odds are against getting your book published. Conversely, the probability of publishing a manuscript from an unknown author increases dramatically when the acquisitions editor reviews a quality product that captures their interest.

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