Publishing 101: Preparing your Book for Publishing

To be a successfully published author, you have to get involved in the book publishing process. Learning about publishing will help you better dictate the outcome of your book. The more knowledgeable you are about the process of editing, designing and marketing your book, the more chances you can steer it to the direction you truly want.

Your agents and editors won’t actually be secretive if you ask them for information. In fact, they’ll more likely to better explain it for you. From the first phase of editing to the final stages of publishing, you’ll eventually memorize the developing formula of your book.

Learning the book publishing process will tremendously help you come up with higher book sales. Knowing more about the marketplace and the industry will let you acquire better methods in selling your book to your target method. Aside from that, it will also make your team’s job easier when you’re aware of the dos and don’ts of the publishing process.

To get started, here are some points that will help you prepare ahead for the publishing process:

  1. Ask for the House Style Manual. This actually makes your editor’s job easier. Ask for the guide in advance so you’ll at least subconsciously be polishing your work while you’re writing it. This will help shorten the editing time and will make your final output even more appealing to read.
  2. Set the date and give the details. The book publishing process will obvious begin when your manuscript has been submitted. Set your date as early as you can so that your publisher can organize a timeline for the production and promotion of your book. Be sure to notify them as soon as possible if there will be any changes to your schedule. Also, give out the maximum length of your manuscript. If you can’t meet or you simply want to change the length then notify your publisher so they can accommodate it immediately.
  3. Ask for consent. If you’re citing any third-party material in your body then you’ll have to obtain the copyright owner’s permission first. Keep in mind that you’ll always need permission when you’re quoting letters, poems, lyrics etc. from another party. Be sure to send your copies or scans of the permission along with your manuscript.
  4. Negotiate the inclusion of Images and Artworks in your book. You and your Commissioning Editor will discuss the number of artwork and images allowed in your book. If you plan to change these specifications, give advance notice to your Commissioning Editor.
  5. Pitch in your Cover Design ideas and Book Titles early. The designer will start working on your cover design months before your publication date so you have to send in your ideas or preferred images early. If you have a specific design in mind, be sure to inform them ahead. Take note that most images from your internet searches are unlicensed. The best place to get your images would be from agencies like Getty Images and Corbis.

Also, if you’re considering changing your book title, talk to your commissioning editor as soon as possible. It is not advisable to change your title once it has already been advertised in a catalogue and has been listed in major bibliographic services.

The most important thing to remember about the book publishing process is that it can become difficult when you don’t properly coordinate with your agents and editors. Always make an effort to study your contract and read the guidelines to prevent any future complications and mishaps.

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