I’m a freelance writer and have finally finished my first book.
My question is what’s e the best way to find a publisher for a “how-to/self help” type of book?
Congratulations! Finishing your book is a big deal!
My first thought was to suggest Writer’s Market – particularly the online version which is updated frequently. I’ve written a review of it and consider it a must-have for every serious writer.
There you will not only find publishers listed by category, but information on how to write queries, contracts and other truly helpful stuff.
Check out the category Books – How To Write, Publish & Market on this site.
For grins I searched Google for self-help publishers. There are about 9.5 million entries, obviously way more pages than publishers. As I looked briefly at some of the entries it became obvious that some of them were really self-publishing companies offering their services for a hefty fee.
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you know I’m in favor of self-publishing. What may not be clear enough, however, is I’m terribly suspicious of many of the companies offering self-publishing services. Often they push their editing and marketing “services” which, for the most part, are simply an expensive up-sell that you can get better and cheaper elsewhere.
None-the-less, there are legitimate trade publishers in those pages – publishers that will usually pay a small advance, edit and produce your book and market it at least a little bit.
Writer’s Market is probably easier to figure out and use.
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