The journey to becoming an author is not short. It takes patience and perseverance, skill and talent, and a lot of hard work. The steps are varied but the end goal is always to have your book published by a publishing house or self-published for sale on online retailers like Amazon. There are three major paths that authors can take in order to publish their books: traditional publishing houses, self-publishing, or hybrid publishing (which incorporates elements of both). After you’ve decided which path you want to take with your manuscript then it’s time to start doing some research so that you know what needs done before submitting your work for publication. This includes looking at the publisher’s submission guidelines as well as any contracts they may ask you.