Dear Book Blogette,
I completed my thesis recently. It was very well received at a conference I spoke at recently. I would like to publish it for September of this year. What is the cost for a publishing company like yours to publish my book? How does this publishing thing work?
- Mr Curious
Hi Mr Curious,
Working in a publishing house, this is probably one of the most popular queries we receive by phone. Unfortunately, if you contact a traditional publisher, they will probably tell you that you are not typically charged by a publisher to publish a book (though this may be done in some funded projects).
The Publishing Process
- Project Proposal (submitted by author).
- Proposal Evaluation
- Contract (if proposal accepted).
- Manuscript Delivery (This is sometimes required before a contract is signed).
- Editing (The author works with the editor to refine the text).
- Author Corrections
- Design and Layout (The author is often allowed input or at least another look at the final book design)
- Printing (This cost is usually undertaken by the publisher).
- Marketing (This often calls for a lot of author involvement).
- Sales and the payment of royalties (The author receives a percentage of each sale as stipulated in the contract).
Penguin gives a fun explanation of the process here:
Mr Curious, if you are merely searching for a printer, you don't need a publisher. You probably need a designer and a printer. You may need to read up on self-publishing.
Best of Luck!