You Have a Manuscript Now What?

Updated: May 9, 2021

You have lovingly put together a manuscript, and you are ready to publish. Is this exciting or terrifying? And what is the next step?

Back in the day, publishing a book would have involved you submitting your manuscript often to several publishers and hoping and praying for it to be accepted. The disappointment rate was high (and still is) for new authors submitting to traditional publishing houses. For instance, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, was turned down 12 times by different publishers until finally, someone published her manuscript.