The Timeline of a Book

Books go through a series of steps to get from the initial idea to their final printed form. Here’s an overview of how a title would be managed from start to finish. This is based on a title in academic publishing, but trade publishing works similarly. Advertisements

Publishing contracts

Clark’s publishing agreement is the bible for putting together an author contract. Contracts protect both the publisher and the author. Publisher issues and determines the terms of contract because they take financial  risk (unless you’re Stephen King and have more say). The author provides expertise, an index (in academic publishing), and the material. There is a…

Market research as a publisher

As a publisher, you can never rest on your laurels – just because a title has good orders initially doesn’t mean it’ll sell well in the long run. It’s important to look at current trends. In academic publishing that means looking at what’s being taught in universities, what’s on the reading lists, and what rivals are…