How to Start a Publishing Business

Operating a publishing business remains to be financially rewarding. In between 2003 and 2004, for example, the profits of publishing businesses in the United States reportedly grew by 1.3 percent and while the internet has brought about new forms of reading materials such as ezines and ebooks, the sales of conventional books remain the top source of profit among many publishing businesses.

It is therefore a good idea to start a publishing business given the continued patronage of people for written manuscripts like books, newspapers and magazines.

Here are some of the things that you will find worth knowing if you want to start a publishing business:

What to Publish

There can be an endless list of materials that your publishing business can print and distribute. You can publish books, magazines and newspapers but it will be a good idea if you can focus on one type of publication especially if you are still starting a publishing business. You can expand later on to produce a variety of publications but focusing on one publishing material while you are still starting up will allow your publishing business to specialize and operate in such a way that productivity and sales can be boosted. If you choose to have a magazine or a newspaper publishing business, for example, you will need to invest in operating your own printing press because of the required deadline for your publications. You can, however, outsource the printing of your books if you decide to operate a book publishing business.


Operating a publishing business will require you to have a workforce that will be consist of writers, editors and staffs who will be responsible in the successful operation of your publishing business. You will need good editors who will edit and refine the submitted manuscripts of your writers or contributors. You will also need personnel who will handle the artwork of materials for publication.

Distribution of Published Materials

While your publishing business will basically operate by printing literatures, you will need to have a good know- how in marketing your publications. A number of publishing businesses boost their sales by advertising their published materials. Magazine publishing businesses, for example, have ad spaces in related periodicals and newspapers. Pricing your publications competitively will also be a good idea so make sure you check out how other publishing businesses price their books, newspapers and magazines.

Starting a publishing business remains to be a good idea especially because people continue to patronize printed materials like books, magazines and newspapers. While publishing businesses basically produce and print publications, know-how in business operation and marketing of printed materials will be most helpful to boost the growth of your publishing business.


  • Quentin said on June 19, 2008
    I was looking through your articles, and I was wondering if you had any advice on how to start a small publishing company for an aspiring writer.
  • Tches said on October 20, 2009
    Hi my name is tches joseph and i am part of the NFTE program at my school (North Miami Beach Senior High School). Reason being i'm emailing is because the NFTE (national foundation of teaching entrepreneurship) is helping teenagers build their own small businesses. and my business will be in publication of young authors and such. i'm wondering like what are some of the materials to the T that will make my small business successful. Also if info available Cost of Materials/Direct Labor, Economics of 1 unit and that sort of stuff, and also what tips you would have for me
  • Daeledum Gboelo said on July 30, 2010
    please, send more details on how to run a publishing house, and what it takes to being in the business. Thanks.


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