What really makes publishers want to work with you?

Authors seek a shortcut or a magical formula to guarantee a successful publication for their books. Unfortunately, there are no magic formulas out there. However, there are some essential elements to put in consideration. As soon as you execute these fundamental points professionally; you can anticipate that Publishers will consider your book.

To hire or not that is the question! 

Currently, many publishers prefer receiving a manuscript-directly- from an agent, rather than receiving it from an author. Shortly, publishers seek more filtration. They just don’t have the time to sift through them all. Instead, they’re more into having a literary agent do the constant pitch.

Your idea


You must have a good idea or story, which means one that is unique and necessary in its category. We’ve mentioned before that Publishers are business people.

Shortly, If you’re a fiction writer, your book must provide a meaningful experience to the readers. You can revisit your plot it’s the core here. If it’s not that engaging, then you need to tweak things a bit. Do your modifications and results will follow.

If you’re a nonfiction author, your book must contain useful info that adds clear value to your readers. Despite the fact that some publishers publish low-value books just for the sake of profit, We just can’t generalize this as a rule.

Your book’s market

Publishers will conduct a market analysis to see how promising your books are. The more readers will be interested the more massive the sales.

Your book’s Genre

Similar books in your genre must prove a high sales potential. Publishers must anticipate promising sales that they can generate by estimating the number of books that people might buy. Accordingly, They’ll check your competition.

Your future Matters for Publishers

Publishers will welcome a multiple-book author because if the series is going for a while, they’ll guarantee more sales. Moreover, publishers will have a promotional base to grow with each time a new book in a series is released.

The manuscript

Your writing is undoubtedly one of the most critical criteria your work’s acceptance will depend upon. Previously, we’ve mentioned that publishers accept manuscripts coming from agents, as a form of filtration. The reason behind this is that currently, the heavy editing is the agent’s/author’s responsibility.

Social media presence


Grab their attention by building a strong social media presence. You can meet your agent, publisher, or editor through social media. Make use of it!

Their inventory is full

As weird as this may sound, but yeah it’s true. Publishers can reject a book, merely because they have a stock of books having the same genre as your book. It’s an internal planning thing so don’t feel irritated if your book does not align with the publisher’s business and market needs.

Flip The Coin


With the digitalization of the publishing industry, the game has changed. Publishing methods, Book Sales, Promotions, and many other aspects have changed dramatically.

Don’t Lose Hope

By the end of this post Always keep in mind that publishers do reject manuscripts at the end of the day. All the rest of the elements mentioned in this post are supplementary. So, if it happened that someone refused your work, don’t take it personally. It’s probably a pure marketing and business anticipation, which does not necessarily lessen the value of your work.

There’s nothing better to end this blog rather than mentioning Hilary Mantel’s famous words– The most helpful quality a writer can cultivate is self-confidence – arrogance, if you can manage it. You write to impose yourself on the world, and you have to believe in your own ability when the world shows no sign of agreeing with you.





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