You Wrote a Book. Great! Don’t tell anyone.

One of the more difficult aspects of writing a book is containing your excitement. Not that you should have to contain it. The long hours and the overall effort it took to put your thoughts to paper should be proclaimed from the rooftops. We completely understand. There are few accomplishments that could compare with writing and completing a book. Here at Scott Publishing Services we want to help you fulfill your dreams of publishing your book.

How can we do that? We can do it by remember one thing. The sense of urgency you feel does not have to push you to publish before the book is ready. Too often authors are so excited about getting their books “out there” they grow impatient with the process. This is especially true for self-published authors.

As an author myself, I have learned that a book published too soon may be worse than a book never published. Every book has a story to tell–whether fiction or non-fiction. Every author desires to be read and understood. So, what is the cost of missing that mark? If the book is not properly prepared, it may hinder any future efforts.

A book published too soon may
be worse than a book never published.

One of the lessons we would like to pass on to all authors is this: We are excited that you wrote your book. As a matter of fact, we want your book to be as successful as it possibly can be. The one thing you should always remember is that you do not have to tell everybody what you have done, until it is ready! As a good rule of thumb you should wait at least three months from the time you finish writing to the time you intend to publish. And this is just a minimum. It could and, in some cases, should probably be a little longer.

What does that mean? It means that if I finish my book tomorrow, I should not think about publishing it until three months from today. And, that is if I plan on editing and formatting the book myself (something we do not recommend and will talk about in future posts).

If an author were to go the traditional publishing route, through an established publishing house, the average time for a book from proposal to distribution is anywhere between 12-24 months. There is a reason for this. There is a lot that is going on and has to take place before a book is ready to go out into the world. As a self-publishing author take pride in your work, but also take care of your work. Your book is not only an extension of yourself, it is should be treated as a gift to those who read it.

Scott Publishing Services exists to help authors through the process of self-publishing. We desire to provide you, the author, with quality services so you can be proud, of not only the book, but also the final product. We help authors finish what they have started. Our motto here is “because writing a book is hard enough”. It is, so do not take shortcuts in the process. You have worked too hard for that to happen so close to the finish line.

4 thoughts on “You Wrote a Book. Great! Don’t tell anyone.

  1. I published a book, but somehow the urgency overtook the desire (and realizing the need) to edit it. I won’t say it is worse than never being published, but it could have been better. I had to self-edit, unfortunately. Self-editing is… a difficult process, to say the least.

    1. Hey Stacey,

      I totally understand. The primary reason I say it is worse is because of this feeling of falling short of the expectations you had for the book (and even yourself). Writing is a very personal process. We can take it to heart and that can get in the way a lot of times.

      I am actually finishing my latest book as I am writing this to you. If I could offer a word of encouragement it would be this, take another look at the book. Add to it, make it better, and then get some help editing it. I have helped over twenty authors edit, format, and publish their books. I would be more than happy to share with you my thoughts if you like.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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