TIME LINE - 3 MONTHS: Your Manuscript in the Hands of an Editor
- An Editor reads your manuscript. If it has promise, it's passed to other editors.
- The question is asked: Does the proposal meet our needs?
- An Editor assembles the proposal, sample, and author bio.
- Talks to marketing
- Prepares sales info
- Presents the product to board
TIME LINE - 1 to 2 MONTHS: Contract with the Author
- Set up tentative schedule for production
- Get costs from production. Stateside or overseas?
- Get marketing projections
- Approve the budget
- Send contract to author
TIME LINE - 7 MONTHS: Launch the Product
- Discuss with design the kind of illustrations, format and style
- Discuss with marketing the best approach for marketing with other books in the line.
- THE WORK---Complete the following:
2. Edits (work with author)
5. Register Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data
6. Put in sales catalog
7. Final budget approval
8. Transmit to production
TIME LINE - 5 to 6 months:
- Scan the art and put on disc
- Send all to printer
- Check color proofs
- Print and bind book---preview copy is sent to publisher
- Release book
- Put final marketing plans in place
- Print out material for sales representatives
- Sales conference: Promote next season's products to sales force
Average time line = 18 months. It can take as long as 2 years depending on the publisher. WHEW! What a process. So, if YOUR book has been published, all I can say is
Amen to that! Thank you for sharing this info--so many people are in the dark about the entire process and this is sure to let everyone know what to expect!
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