When it comes to book publishing there are a lot of preconceived notions. A lot of people believe there are certain ways that you should publish a book, and these beliefs and notions become so ingrained in the public psyche they are taken as fact even though there is no factual evidence that they work. To the extent that these become myths that most people believe. And seeing that book publishing takes a great deal of work and resources you should know what is truth and what are just myths. Here are some myths about Book Publishing that you should never believe.
- Book Publishing is easy once you get a publisher
This has always been a preconceived notion believed by a number of authors. Many authors believe that as long as you have your book signed up by a publishing house you are all set. But in truth, this is just the start of your arduous journey of being an author. Although you will get the support you need to make your book a success, be reminded that you are still answerable to your editor and there will be a lot of corrections. There will also be a lot of changes to your book, and most of the time there will be minor arguments with your editor because they may try to change certain aspects of your book. Not to mention the hectic schedule you will have once your book is released. From book signings to attending book fairs, your days will be stock full of activities once you set out as a professional writer.
- Book contracts are too hard to understand
This is a common preconceived notion for most authors. Many an author dreads reading the book contract because they deem it too complicated. And they would prefer not to ask too many questions because they believe that the publishers always have their back. But as an author, it is your responsibility that you and your book are legally protected. So always take the time to read the contract thoroughly. If you are unsure about certain jargon you could always ask for the time to have a thorough look over the contract. By having a thorough look at your contract you can see whether the book contract benefits you, or whether you are getting the bad end of the deal. It is always a good idea to have a lawyer have a look at your contract and have it further explained to you. Don’t be afraid to ask your publisher questions because you should be able to protect your own interest.
- You can trust your publisher completely
Although it is good that you have a good working relationship with your publisher, you should not put all your faith in them. Book publishing is a business, and most publishers look at it as a business. It is true that they also value the artistry of the written word, but money will always be their first priority. So you should also be as professional as possible. Don’t make the book publishing process difficult by being uncooperative. As important you are to your publisher, they won’t hesitate to reprimand or even drop you if you don’t do your job.
- Your Editor is always right
Your editor is the person that you will be in constant contact with during the book publishing process. And you will also be under the notion that your editor has helped a multitude of authors. But that does not mean that your editor is perfect. If you feel that you can’t speak your mind on the book publishing process, then you are doing yourself a disservice. Remember that this is your book. True, the publishing house may have certain rights to it, but that does not mean you don’t have a say anymore. So, assert yourself during every editing session.
- You’re rich once you get published
This is a preconceived notion easily believed by most authors. Many an author believes that they will get a big sum for the rights to their books and that they could live on the royalties. Thus allowing them to relax and take their leisure. This would be true if your work was the same level as J.K Rowling and J.R.R Tolkien. But if your work is a bit on the middling side, you should not expect to get too much. Be happy that you are even offered an advanced payment at all because most publishers don’t want to take a risk on an untested author. With that in mind, you should not rest on your perceived laurels. Write even more and follow up with another book.
All in all, there are a lot of myths about book publishing that you should stay away from. Your mindset when you get published should be one of gratitude. Be thankful that you are given the chance to show the world your work and make the most of this opportunity.