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If you´re considering self-publishing, an obvious choice is e-publishing, or making your book available in electronic format via the web. The seminal guide to e-publishing is J. Neil Schulman´s "Book Publishing in the 21st Century." It is, of course, available in e-book format.
Visit Schulman´s company, Pulpless, at http://www.pulpless.com/1866.html.
It pays to do a little research before submitting an unsolicited manuscript to a publishing house. Some publishers don't accept such manuscripts, and submissions received are unceremoniously tossed into the trash. Check out the publishing house online - most will have a page that lists the requirements for submission.
If you hope to have the manuscript returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope which includes sufficient postage with your submissions. Be aware that publishers are under no obligation to return manuscripts. ALWAYS make sure you keep a copy of any manuscript sent out, and keep records as to where it has been submitted. Specify to the publisher if you are submitting to them alone, or to other publishers simultaneously.
Aspiring writers often could use a helping hand with the mechanics of writing and publishing, or sometimes just a little moral support. Look around a bit and consider joining a local writing association. These organizations can help members learn more about writing and publishing, and often provide useful workshops, resource materials, and advice.
Many novice writers think in terms of having a book published, but there are many avenues for writers to sell their work - books, magazines, newsletters, and so on. Search out the current edition of "Writer's Market." For over 80 years, the "Market" has listed provided thousands of listings for publishers, magazines, and literary agents. The Market also includes useful information to help writers succeed, everything from writing a query letter to starting a freelance business.
If you are going to self publish a book, it is very important to get an ISBN number (International Book Standard Number). It is a universal numbering system that enables interested parties to find pertinent information about a book through a 10 digit number. In Canada the number to call is (819)-994-6872; in the United States, call (908) 665-6770. This is a free service.
Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. It was founded in 1817 as J. and J. Harper, and the name later changed to Harper & Brothers. Later renamed Harper & Row, it was acquired by News Corporation in 1987.
Harper Collins has published such authors as Mark Twain, Thackeray, Dickens, John F. Kennedy, Maurice Sendak, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Viking Press is an American publishing company owned by Penguin Books. It was founded in New York City in 1925 by Harold K. Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheim. They chose the original Viking ship logo as a symbol of enterprise, adventure and exploration, and their founding creed stated that the goal was to publish "a strictly limited list of good nonfiction ...with some claim to permanent importance rather than ephemeral popular interest." Over the years, authors at Viking Press have won five Nobel Prizes for Literature, and one Nobel Peace Prize, among the dozens of prizes and awards claimed.
Authors that have been published through Viking Press include John Steinbeck, James Joyce, Saul Bellow (one of the Nobel Prize for Literature winners), Jack Kerouac, and J.M. Coetzee.
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