Picking the Right Path to Publishing Your Book

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Silicon Valley Press understands that the publishing process can be overwhelming for authors. We also understand that each client, each project, is unique with its own set of individual goals and measures of success. When we get to Phase 2 of our process, we work closely with our clients to decide on a reasonable timeline for publication. Is there a pending event, conference or speaking engagement where books need to be? What form should the book take? Is it a physical book? Hardcover? Paperback? Both? What kind of binding and paper should it have? An E-book? Audiobook?

When you work with Silicon Valley Press you get a team dedicated to demystifying the process involved in turning your manuscript into a purchasable book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. We will clarify the various paths to publication and the tradeoffs involved with each, so you can make an informed choice for your book.

A common path is the traditional publishing model. This involves working with a literary agent who works to find a publisher to bring your book to market. A traditional publishing house can be a great option for those who want the prestige and reach of a big name publisher, but it is a long and competitive process, even for published authors . Unless someone is J.K Rowling or James Patterson, the road to manuscript submission will be challenging with no guarantee of acceptance.

Another option is self-publishing. This involves taking on the responsibilities of publishing your own book, such as editing, proofreading, cover and page design, electronic file creation for print and e-books, promotion and distribution. Self-publishing can be a great option for those who want more control over the process and a quicker turnaround time, but it can also be more expensive and time-consuming. The upside with this option is that self-publishing does not carry the same negative stigma it once did. While having a large publisher’s imprint still carries a gravitas, the book industry – and the book reader – has begun to put less emphasis who published that book and more on the book’s content.

Finally, there is the hybrid option. This involves a combination of traditional and self-publishing, where you work with a publisher for some aspects of the process and handle others on your own. Silicon Valley Press has had clients who wanted a turnkey package from us, and others who had us do the copyediting, book design and file creation, but handled all promotion themselves.  The hybrid option is completely tunable to optimize for the author’s preferences, resources and needs.

We understand that the choice of publication path is not always made until the manuscript is well underway. As we help you write your book in Phase 1, we can talk through the options and choices. That’s why we offer a flexible pricing structure often separating Phases 1 and 2. Our cost for Phase 2 can be quoted as a fixed price, or initially as an estimate, based on which path is selected.

No matter which path you choose, our team at Silicon Valley Press is here to help guide you through the process and make it as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the past 12 years we’ve helped nearly 30 authors successfully navigate the publishing landscape and get their books out. Whether you’re a first-time author or a seasoned pro, we’re committed to helping you achieve your goals for your new book.

So, if you’re ready to take the next step in your publishing journey, reach out to us today and let’s get started!

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