How To Get A Book Published – The Competition Is Tough In The Book Publishing Industry
How to get a book published is a question every author asks themselves.
How difficult is it to get a book published by a commercial book publisher? Well the odds are better gambling in Las Vegas. It has been estimated that 25 million people in the United States consider themselves writers and only 5% have been published anywhere. At any one time 5 to 6 million manuscripts are looking for a publishing home.
Most major book publishing houses, and many small presses, will not accept submissions that arent represented by a literary agent. During the research of The Publishing Primer: A Blueprint for an Author’s Success, we asked literary agents how many unsolicited query letters/proposals/sample chapters, they receive. For the typical agency it is close to 5000 per year. On the average these agents accepted only 11 new clients, thats about 1out of every 500 submissions.
Of course writers submit to more than one agency in the hopes of obtaining representation which makes the odds a little better, but not much.
It has been estimated that the five...