How To Publish A Fiction Novel

You have written your fiction novel. Now what? You publish. Unfortunately, that isn't as easy as it looks. By the time you finish reading this post, you will have a clear understanding of the publishing industry.

You want to get your book out there and into the hands of willing readers. There are two main ways to publish your book: traditional publishing and self-publishing.

Traditional Publishing

With traditional publishing, you want to get a book deal with a publishing house. A few of the most popular publishers are HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin Random House. 

To get a book deal, most publishers require an agent to reach out to them. Thanks to this website and other sites you can easily find agents to submit your manuscript to. If they accept, they will submit your queries, proposals, and manuscript to all the publishers they can find. If you get a book deal, the agent gets 15-20% of the profit. 

What are Queries and Proposals?

Queries are a one-page letter that you send to a publisher. Consider it as a pitch of your work that you are presenting. This should include a one-paragraph summary of your book, why people will buy it, and your target audience. 

Proposals are similar to Queries but longer. Depending on what a publisher wants, it can include chapter summaries, sample chapters, and marketing ideas. A proposal is usually what the publishers want if they were interested in your Query and want more information, like a callback audition. 

In conclusion, with traditional publishing it is quite hard to find a publisher. It can take many years and many rejections, but it pays off when you sign your book deal.

The great thing about self-publishing is that once you decide to publish- you can! All you have to do is find a printer and do your cover design, marketing, etc. One reason many authors do not take this route is that if you are looking to make money, it can be a lot harder because you are the one responsible for marketing. But if you do the job well, you can succeed. Self-publishing can cost from 50 dollars to 10,000. It depends on the self-publishing printer and your self-editing skills.

In conclusion, whichever type of publishing you try to pursue, I hope you have a clear understanding of how to get there.  


  1. Great, I am writing my own novel and these tips for publishing it have been useful for me, hopefully soon I can do it!

    1. That's great. I love knowing that other writers are reading my blog! Good luck on your writing and publishing journey with your novel, I would love to hear more about it.

  2. I'm writing a story too, and this really cleared up some things!

    1. Thanks! I'd love to know more about your story.

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