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Shawline Publishing
16 November 2021
24 May 2024
3.31 minutes
Publishing, How to

How to Publish a Book in Australia

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If you're a writer and you want to take your stories to the next level, finding a trustworthy publisher is the next step of your journey to the big leagues. In this article, we're going to give you an overview of how to publish a book from the time you submit your story to getting your book into bookstores.

Submitting Your Story

Start by searching for Australian publishers accepting submissions. Review their authors , titles and process to ensure you'll work well together creatively and professionally. Once you find a publisher that you feel is a good match, it's time to submit your story.

Most publishers allow you to submit your story online. The submission guidelines usually require a cover letter, synopsis and a few chapters of the story. If the publisher likes your initial submission, they will ask you to submit the entire manuscript for review.

Getting a Publishing Contract

If the publisher likes your story, they will offer you a contract, which means you're well on your way to getting published in Australia! Every contract looks different, but most publishers will receive standard royalties of 5-10% of the book's RRP.

Working with the Publisher

When it comes to how to publish a book, working with a publisher is a sure-fire way to take your book from amateur to professional. A publishing company will assign you a dedicated editor to make your story the best it can be. A publishing company will also work with you on the book layout, the cover design, and getting your story into bookstores.

Your publisher also plays a vital role in helping you promote your book. You'll need to consider reviews, events, social media marketing campaigns and other ways to get your story in front of hungry readers.

Your Turn to Get Published

As long as you're on the hunt for Australian publishers accepting submissions, you should explore Shawline Publishing. We're currently looking for new authors to join our team, and our online submission process makes it easy for anyone to have a shot at getting published in Australia.

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