Book Publishing

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How do book series get started?

How do book series get started? Can a would-be series editor approach a press? The easy part is the latter question: Yes, please do. We all want to hear abou...
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What is a “book subvention”?

A book subvention is funding provided to the publisher to facilitate the publication of a book. Authors are not required to have a subvention in order to hav...
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When should I approach a publisher?

Most editors prefer you to have in mind a serious book idea that you have taken the time to think about and develop. Each press will also have advice to potenti...
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How should I approach a publisher?

Send the editor an e-mail with a description of your book idea! If you're not sure which editor to contact, check the publisher’s website—most university presse...
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What should I include in my proposal?

Many presses have instructions online for what to include in a proposal, and some ask that proposals be submitted using an online-submission portal, so it would...