Proposal to Publication – Part 5 of 5

Title, Cover, and Marketing PlansWhile your book has been going through the editing and production phases, the art department, sales department, and marketing department have been busy creating the packaging of your book and planning how to market, promote and sell it. The timing of each of these steps varies, but will be happening behind the scenes whether or not you’re aware of it. While it sometimes seems there are long stretches of time when you don’t hear from your publisher and you feel like your book has dropped into a black hole, be assured LOTS of people are thinking about your book and working hard on it. Title & Book CoverThe marketing and editorial teams will meet to discuss the title of your book. They might decide to leave it as-is, or they might come up with...
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Proposal to Publication – Part 4 of 5

Pre-Production → Once the major editing is completed, your manuscript normally goes to copyedit. A copyeditor will take a detailed look at your manuscript, correcting grammar, typos, and punctuation. She/he will also flag anything that seems unclear; checking footnotes for accuracy and format; making sure all necessary elements are in place; and making sure all required permissions have been received. → The copyeditor sends you a hardcopy of your manuscript, so that you can see the copyediting that’s been done, as well as answer any final queries. You’ll have about two weeks to read it and send it back to the copyeditor with your response and any final changes. → The copyeditor inputs all final changes. → Some publishing houses send the manuscript to a proofreader at this...
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Proposal to Publication – Part 3 of 5

The Writing & Editing Stage * Now that the contract is finished, you should have some interaction with an editor who will outline your writing/editing schedule and expectations. * You also should receive some kind of “welcome packet” from the publisher, a written set of author-instructions telling you about style requirements, permissions, and other aspects of the manuscript. They’ll probably give you an overview of their process (similar to what I’m telling you in this series). * You will be given a period of time in which to finish writing and deliver your manuscript. This can vary from a couple of months to six months or more, depending on the project. If it’s complete and you aren’t planning on revising until you receive editorial notes, then...
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Proposal to Publication – Part 2 of 5

The Contract Stage4 So, you’ve heard that your book has been accepted for publication. Yipee! 4 Your biggest question will probably be: How much MONEY do I get? You’ll be offered an advance which might be lower than your lifelong dream, but more than you have in your checking account right now (if you’re lucky). The publisher will pay your advance either in halves or in thirds. Half upon signing the contract, the other half on acceptance of the manuscript. OR, a third on signing, a third on acceptance, and a third on publication. 4 What does acceptance mean? It means your book has gone through the in-house editorial process and is officially deemed acceptable, meaning you delivered what you promised in your proposal, and according to any terms defined in the contract....
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Proposal to Publication – Part 1 of 5

This week I’m going to take you on a journey through the publishing process “From Proposal to Publication.” I’ll give brief explanations of what’s happening at the publishing house during each of the stages, and what’s expected of the author. Please note this a generic overview… the process can vary substantially from house to house. Feel free to send questions. Today we’ll start at the beginning: The Proposal Stage4 Either you or your agent submits your proposal to an editor at a publishing house. 4 It goes into the editor’s stack. At some point (could be the same week or it could be six months down the road) the editor takes a first glance. Is there a spark of interest? 4 If so, they’ll give it a careful read, and they may discuss...
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