My name is KM; I’m from Kenya. I was looking for a website where I could get help of publishing my already written book when I came across your website. Am not so sure your help people from other countries but I thought its worth a try.
I do computer stuff as a profession though writing fiction stories is in my blood. I already have a hand written book, The Journalist. I don’t have any idea of where and how to start publishing it. I have tried googling some publishers but they ask for money am sure I cannot afford.
So my question is, is there a way I can get my book published or get somebody buy it so I can get the money to publish my own book when I write another one?
Publishing a book has been my dream. So if I could get help, Ann, I could be the happiest person on earth. Please get back to me and advise me.
Thanks for writing.
You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you I have absolutely no experience with getting books published in Kenya. I may, however, be able to offer you some advice that will help move your project forward.
The first step will be to get your book from its handwritten state into a Word or other word processing file. Since you work with computers you probably can do this yourself. It will also give you a chance to do some editing. Everyone needs to edit their work, KM, everyone. Once your book is in standard manuscript form; A Quick Guide to Manuscript Format will help.
There are basically two ways to get a book published these days. The first is through what’s known as a trade publisher. Those are the publishers we tend to think of when we think published books. You can either submit to publishers directly or through an agent. The other way is through self-publishing.
I strongly suggest you get a copy of Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Self-Publisher. Although he favors self-publishing he also gives a great and accurate overview of trade publishing.
If you find a trade publisher that wants your book they may be willing to give you a small advance against royalties and, if the book is successful, you will earn some money from royalties. However, for a first-time author who gets published the monetary rewards are likely to be slim indeed.
Self-publishing will cost you some money up front and you’ll have to do all your own marketing. If your book is successful you may earn quite a bit more money, but again, for an unknown author it’s a very long haul.
You don’t say what language your book is in or who is its intended audience. If you want to publish in Kenya the HANS ZELL PUBLISHING site may be helpful. I found this by googling publishing in Kenya and there are other resources listed that way.
The category here, Books – How To Write, Publish, Market, has many articles that will help no matter where or how you want to publish.
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