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TEN STEPS to get your reference book published and promoted

Sarah Plater’s Mastering Portrait Photography hasn’t left the Amazon photography top ten since publication last November. Here she explains how to get a specialist reference book accepted for publication and keep it selling

Have you considered combining your writing skills with another interest or area of expertise? If you are passionate about a topic and can help others learn about it, you could be the ideal person to write a reference book.

Although it may seem less glamorous than a fiction debut, there’s a healthy demand for how-to books and guides which educate or entertain, and you’ll experience the same swell of pride when you see your book on the shelf in shops and online. Follow these ten steps to get you started.


1 Research the market for your book

Publishers are commercially minded. They commission titles that they believe will sell sufficiently to recoup their costs and return a profit. That’s why your first step is to research the subject area of interest and the publishers that operate within it.

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