The Three Steps (3)

Welcome to the RADblog!

 

I’m glad you decided to stop by today, because today, we’re starting our short series for February. The rest of the month, we’ll be talking about the three steps it takes to go from idea to published book, starting from the very beginning—and I do mean the very beginning. We started out, of course, by talking about the writing and editing of the novel. Now, we’re at the pivotal point.

But, why are we talking about this? Well, because my latest novel, Anialych: People of Sand, is now available for pre-order, and I thought this might be a useful companion topic for all of you. And, like I said, it’s only three steps. Nice and easy, when you boil it down.

Today? The third and final step.

 

Step 3: Publish it (no excuses)

 

By this point, we’ve both written and edited our book. We’ve come to love it and come to hate it, and now we know that it’s time it went out into the world. It’s the part we’ve been trying to achieve since the beginning, the part we’ve been building up to all along. It’s also the part that scared the pants off us when we first started off, which is why we tried to push it from our minds until now.

No point fretting until the book’s ready to come out, anyway.

In this day and age, of course, you have options when it comes to publishing. Only two are really viable, so those are the two we’ll talk about.

 

Self-Publish

This is likely the most common option you’ll see, when you do a Google search. There’s a reason for that. A lot of authors don’t like to give up control, don’t like to not know everything that’s going on with their book at all times, and generally want to be able to do whatever they want at any given step. They want to be the one in control, the one in command, the one deciding the future of their book. And that’s the beauty of self-publishing. It allows you that control, allows you to be in the driver’s seat, no matter what.

What that means? Good or bad, it’s your doing.

 

Traditionally Publish

This one isn’t as common, these days, but it’s still just as prevalent. More readers tend to prefer books from traditional or well-known publishing houses, and prefer to know that authors have a backer behind them, but that doesn’t always mean much for the author. Traditional publishing is for those authors who don’t always want to be in control, who are ready to relinquish their book into the hands of someone else, who want to have someone to lean on, a publisher to help them and show them what to do and really do all the heavy lifting, so we don’t have to.

What that means? Good or bad, it’s still your doing.

 

I bet you’d never heard that before. Whatever you do, it’s all down to you. No one can make this decision for you. I won’t even try to sway you, honestly. But that’s the third and final step—and it’s really not as hard as it sounds. If you decide to self-publish, you’ll just have to do some research and get yourself published. If you think traditional publishing is better for you, it might take a little more time, but it’ll still happen. You’ll just have to do a lot more Googling, and lot more research—but once you get in, you’ll have a backer, and it won’t feel like everything’s down to you.

Whatever you do, whatever you decide, I just want to urge you to publish.

Whether you decide to go the self-publishing route and get your book on the market or send your manuscript to places like RAD Writing, all I want to know is that you’re trying, that you’re working toward getting published.

Because what’s the point of completing step one, if it’s not a step on the path to number three?

 

Be sure to check back in next week, as Tammy Boehm returns!

 

Rani Divine
Associate Editor, etc.