New Year’s Resolution: Get My Book Published

Updated: Apr 13

By Michael Heath / selfpublishingUS.com

So, who is going to illustrate your children’s book?

Often when speaking to an author with a completed manuscript, or nearly finished one, I am told that they will get back to me right after the first of the year. The reasons for postponing publishing a book can vary from writer to writer. Sometimes there is the thought that one can focus better once holiday distractions are past. Maybe the author is waiting for a year-end bonus or tax return money before getting started. Or it could have something to do with committing to a New Year’s resolution.


It is said that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail in February. Many good intentions fizzle because people feel overwhelmed, discouraged or were never very committed in the first place. Statistics show that not all resolutions result in a satisfied conclusion, but they do require a beginning. An adherence to losing weight might mean joining a gym. Quitting smoking could start with throwing out the cigarettes and getting a Nicorette patch. However, I am often bewildered by writers who complete a manuscript then hesitate to get it published. Writing it meant devoting large blocks of time to research, writing and rewriting. In my opinion, such sacrifice should never go unrewarded. That reward means seeing printed books available to the public.


When it comes to getting a book published, the first step is likely getting an ISBN from bowker.com. That International Standard Book Number identifies the publisher. If you are self-publishing, YOU will be the publisher. Other considerations are editing, cover design and layout, printing and marketing. Pick up the phone and speak to someone who is knowledgeable in these areas. Find out what the next steps are and learn what the process is.


A famous New Yorker cartoon shows a man on his death bed telling a loved one: “I should have bought more crap.” The irony should not be lost on anyone. This year instead of buying more crap, put your mind to having your book published. Make a resolution. Commit to getting it done. Like Nike says … Just do it!


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