Non-Fiction Publishing: Understanding Your Options - Publish Your Purpose

Non-Fiction Publishing: Understanding Your Options

A pile of non-fiction books. Learn about non-fiction publishing with Publish Your Purpose.

As an aspiring author, the non-fiction publishing landscape can be at times exciting and, at other times confusing. How do you find a publisher? How do you know if a publisher is a good fit for you, and how can you tell if an opportunity is legitimate or a scam? How long does the publishing process take, and how much time, effort, and money will it require from you? Keep reading to learn about the non-fiction publishing process, and gain an insider’s perspective from publishing expert Jenn T. Grace.

A Sneak Peek into Publish Your Purpose

In Publish Your Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Write, Publish, and Grow Your Big Idea, Jenn T. Grace, the founder of Publish Your Purpose, helps aspiring authors go from idea to published book. With years of experience as both an author and a publisher, Grace shares her secrets about the non-fiction publishing process and sets you up for a fulfilling, successful publishing experience.

The book is divided into three separate parts:

Part 1: Mindset—This section helps you find your idea and develop a writing mindset to begin your journey as an author.

Part 2: Writing—This section covers the writing process and everything you need to know to write a draft you want to share with the world. 

Part 3: Publishing—The final section of the book covers all things non-fiction publishing, setting you up for publishing success.

In this blog post, we are giving you a sneak peek into Part 3 of Publish Your Purpose. Keep reading to learn about the non-fiction publishing landscape.

Chapter 11: Your Publishing Needs, Wants, and Desires

“Too often, we as authors put our entire book’s livelihood into the all-knowing, all-seeing, omnipresent publisher. But the reality is, if you want it, you have so much more control over your relationship with your publisher than you may realize.” – Jenn T. Grace, Publish Your Purpose

Before you learn about the non-fiction publishing scene, getting a sense of what you are looking for is important. So, take a few minutes to jot down what you want from your relationship with your publisher. Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • I want my publisher to respect my work
  • I want my publisher to specialize in my area of expertise
  • I want my publisher to be available to talk things through
  • I want my publisher to be transparent about costs and payments

Once you have your list, keep it close. You’ll want to refer back to it as you begin researching and vetting potential publishers.

Chapter 12: Author Beware—Scams

The non-fiction publishing industry is growing, and growing, and growing. There are more opportunities to publish your book now than ever before. As incredible as that is, it also means there are more scams out there than ever before. 

That’s why it’s important to understand the three types of legitimate publishing options—traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing. This chapter delves into the differences between these publishing options and helps you identify scams that can rob you of time, money, and, in some cases, even your reputation.

Jenn T. Grace’s book Publish Your Purpose includes everything you need to know to distinguish between legitimate opportunities and scams

Chapter 13: Author Beware—Censorship

When you’re ready to publish the book you’ve poured your heart and soul into, you likely will not be interested in publishing with a publisher that wants to edit and change your message heavily. Don’t get us wrong, editing is a vital part of the publishing process, but censorship? Not so much.

“Regardless of the target audience you had in mind while you were writing your book, your publisher and their marketing team may alter your work to better market it to their audience.” – Jenn T. Grace, Publish Your Purpose

In this section, you’ll learn about finding a publisher that will not censor you and your voice. While it takes time on the front end, being vigilant about finding the right publisher for you will save you headaches come publishing time. 

Chapter 14: Picking the Best Publishing Path for You

At this point in the book, you’ll have a solid understanding of the three publishing paths. But you might not yet know which path is right for you. This section helps you make that decision once and for all. 

You’ll also learn the benefits of working with a publishing strategist who can help you keep all the moving parts of publishing your book (including strategic and logistic tasks) to ensure you are successful.

Chapter 15: What To Ask a Publisher

Now that you know which publishing path is right for you, you’ll need to begin researching publishers and ultimately picking a publisher to go with! This stage is exciting, and if you put in the work, it will also be rewarding. 

In Publish Your Purpose, Grace provides detailed questions to ask your potential publisher. But here are a few to get you started:

  1. What Are Your Publishing Values?
  2. Who Is Your Target Audience?
  3. How Does Your Editing Process Work?

To gain access to the remaining questions, order Publish Your Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Write, Publish, and Grow Your Big Idea! Or, check out our free blog post where we identify the nine most important questions to ask a publisher. The blog post also includes our answers to these nine questions, if you’re interested in publishing with us!

Chapter 16: Your Publishing Costs

“Investing in your book is the best thing you can do for your business, nonprofit, or inner child that always dreamed of becoming an author.” – Jenn T. Grace, Publish Your Purpose

But how much should you be investing in your book? In other words, how much money will this process cost you, and what can you expect to earn once the book is published? 

Explore Publish Your Purpose’s all-in-one ROI calculator here.

Chapter 17: Your Publishing Timeline

Regardless of the publishing path you choose, publishing a book is a lengthy process—and for good reason. You do not want to rush the publication of your book. Because once it’s in print, it’s out there. No take-backsies. 

But how long does it take? Well, that of course depends on you and the publisher you choose. As a hybrid publisher, we can only speak on behalf of our process, which usually takes authors around eight months to complete from signing the publishing agreement to launching their book. 

Join our Publishing Support program to get your book published in under a year! 

Chapter 18: Your Book Launch + Beyond

“Book writing and publishing is a three-phase race: you cross the finish line of writing, then cross the finish line of publishing, but there’s no finish line of marketing—it’s a consistent and ongoing process.” – Jenn T. Grace, Publish Your Purpose

Keeping your marketing strategy fresh in the months after your book launch is key to having lasting readership and interest in your little masterpiece. In this section, Grace provides book launch examples, and ideas for marketing success, from launching an audiobook to publishing a workbook to accompany your non-fiction book. 

Everything You Need To Know About Non-Fiction Publishing

We hope this sneak peek got you as excited to read Publish Your Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Write, Publish, and Grow Your Big Idea as we are! At this point, you should feel like you’ve learned a bit but have only really scratched the surface of what there is to know about non-fiction publishing. That’s where reading Jenn T. Grace’s new book in its entirety comes in. So, what are you waiting for? Get your copy of Publish Your Purpose today!

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