Writing comes naturally to some people, but for others, it can be hard work. Even the best of writers have their days when they wish they were anywhere else but in front of a computer. Having a support network around you is extremely beneficial. This will usually be family and friends, maybe even other writers, but an unlikely, yet very important ally in helping you complete your manuscript may be your Publishing Agent.
An Excellent Resource for the Emerging and Experienced Writer
book publishers in the UK, like book publishers everywhere, are an excellent resource for an experienced or emerging writer. Once you have developed a relationship with your publisher, if you discover a roadblock to completing your work, your publisher can often suggest or even provide ways to help remove it and help you find the rhythm of your writing again.
Help provided can be as simple as just talking to you enthusiastically about your project, but it may also be more technical assistance such as helping you find a ghostwriter or mentor who can assist you directly. Some publishers will even provide assistance with gathering data or organising someone to make phone calls, interviews and other more practical support. The key to this type of assistance is choosing the right publisher you can work with and developing a professional relationship with that company.
The Publishing Company and its Authors
From the perspective of the publishing company, the writer’s willingness to trust the company to guide the writer to the best outcome for their manuscript is essential. Their knowledge of the current print and digital book markets make them the best of resources for knowing which books are selling and which genres are in greatest demand. They can suggest manuscript editing that is either a major overhaul or a light edit, but always with publishing of the book uppermost in their involvement both in the manuscript development and later in the marketing strategies, they suggest.
The relationship between a good publishing company and their author is every author’s dream. Struggling self-published authors may find that the book that would not sell when published as an eBook or as a self-published print version, will sell well with the assistance of a good publisher with an eye for catchy titles and front and back covers that attract immediate attention. Many book publishers in the UK pride themselves on developing this level of interaction with their authors and every author would benefit from such a relationship.