The publishing industry is one that is based on great profits that can really discourage many aspiring authors. A publisher will turn out the most potentially marketable manuscripts but not necessarily the best manuscripts.
Any publisher will tell you about how tough the business of publishing really is. Publishers shift through dozens of submissions from hopeful authors. Most of the submissions are mediocre at best, which can get quite tiring to see, so finding that great gem is very important and special. Then they try to determine if these gems are marketable. Because even if a manuscript gets published, there is little guarantee that readers will buy the book.
A publishing company will not run a business at a loss of profit. They always have to consider how marketable a piece of work is, or else they will certainly lose out to the competition. This is why publishers would rather publish manuscripts that fit into a genre. Take for example mysetery and romance novels. These two are among the top novel genres that sell well since there is a great demand for them. Market-driven publishing also means that nothing new or innovative ever gets published.
There are many people who feel that writing a book is just the kind of thing you do to try to impress the kids. While it may work in some cases, you should at least have something to show for it and not just talk about. If however you actually ever get around to writing a manuscript thick enough to produce a book, the next step would be to find a publisher. But just keep in mind that publishers can be vicious on whose work they choose to publish. There is a big chance your baby would end up unread and collecting dust without a publisher.
This is because anybody can think of a good book idea, but only a few can actually write the book that begun from the seed of a good book idea. Even those who have never written a serious piece of work can create something that sprang from a simple idea.
Though ideas and writing are quite possible, it’s the publishing stage that gets really tough for new authors.
One thing to keep in mind is that there have been several big publishers who have made enormous mistakes with accepting and rejecting certain pieces of work. The most profitable book series in history was rejected dozens of times before the author found a publisher. The author was J.K. Rowling and the book was “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. So if your work isn’t accepted immediately by some publishers, keep that fact in mind. Somewhere, somehow, a publisher will be able to see the value of your work.