Question Dear Sir,
I am an Engineering Graduate with around 14 years of experience in Industry and in an Engineering College.
I've written a book for Engineering Graduates and the book is ready for publication.
Kindly answer my following questions:
* How much money can I expect to make compared to the time I must put into a book?
* How do I find a publisher?
* What goes into a book proposal?
* Can I find an agent or publisher through the Internet?
* How do I promote my book?
Answer Dear Padma,
Thank you very much for your letter. At my website for writers I have posted an article on how to find a publisher. See http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Right now my server is down for repairs, but they say they will get it going again soon (was supposed to be fixed by 8 a.m. today but I'm still waiting).
Once the site is fixed and after you read the article, please write back with any further questions.
I will try to answer your points that are not covered in my article.
re. money. Selling books does not pay very much in cash, however, it has other benefits. First and most important, a book will set you apart from others in your field. Having a published book that is well accepted makes you an authority. That will pay you back in terms of career success beyond what the book might pay in royalties.
Besides the resources mentioned in my article, you can use the Internet to look up publishers. Some of them accept inquiries through email. The best thing is to find publishers who do books like the one you are writing and look up their websites. Also, use the Writer's Market handbook if you're trying to find a U.S. publisher.
Here is one site i've used to locate publishers online. http://www.writelinks.com/toc.htm
When it gets to promoting your book, you will want to find places to speak in public. That includes bookstores, conferences, schools, and so on. Usually your publisher will help you book venues, but you can also do it on your own. Publishers appreciates any effort the author can put into promotion.
Some publishers don't have much budget for promotion, especially university presses, which may be where your book is headed. In that case, they REALLY appreciate any effort an author can make.
One last word, remember that after you find a publisher you may have to put more writing and revision into your book. Authors always have to do one to ten more revisions than they think they can stand to do. So don't let that discourage you.
Also, i recommend finding a real publisher, rather than self-publish. A book on engineering has a good chance of finding a home in a publishing house.
I hope this helps.
I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at Amazon.com.
Organizations Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona
Publications Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories
Education/Credentials UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991
Awards and Honors Interviews: USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme, Salon.com, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne), Rediff.com, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.
Book Reviews: Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West, Rediff.com, Amazon.com.
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.
Publishers: ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle, steamboats.com, surrealist.org, Apple Books, and others.