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Acquisition: Getting A Publisher

Query letters, book proposals, and manuscripts enable the publishing team—most importantly agents and editors—to evaluate a book's potential success in the marketplace before they agree to represent or publish it. Read about the critical elements of the first step of the publishing process.

Author Query Letters 101

A query letter is a brief introduction of your book and yourself for the purposes of getting a literary agent interested in representing you. Read about the elements of an effective query letter.

 

Book Proposals - An Overview
A book proposal is a sales document, the tool with which an editor assesses whether or not to consider publishing your non-fiction book.

Elements of An Effective Book Proposal
From cover letter and overview to sample chapters and author bio, read about the elements necessary for a non-fiction book proposal.

 

Writing A Textbook Proposal
Writing a college textbook proposal is a vital step in getting a textbook published. A college textbook proposal — like any book proposal — should be thought of as a sales tool. Read about what goes into a successful college textbook proposal.

 

Get Your Manuscript Agent-Ready
If you're emailing your manuscript to an agent who is reading with an eye to representing you, it's important that it is professional on all levels. Read these important formatting rules.

 

About Literary Agents
Do you need a literary agent in order to be published? Read about the role of a literary agent in the book publishing process.

 

How to Get a Literary Agent
Now how do you get an agent to take notice and agree to represent you? Here's some advice on how to stand out from the crowd.

 

The Editorial Department
Most people first setting out to find jobs in publishing set their sights on the editorial department. If you’re looking for a job in book publishing, or if you’d just like to know more about book publishing roles, here are the most typical editorial jobs within a book publisher.

Getting Feedback on Your Novel
The first drafts of your novel is rarely ready for the prime-time of literary agents’ or editors’ in-boxes. For that reason, it’s advisable to get thorough feedback on your manuscript and revise it before you send it out to potential literary agents or editors.

Getting Your Novel Published
"How do I get my novel published? That's the hardest question in book publishing. Everyone’s path is different but here are some tips to help you get an agent's or editor's attention.

Book Advances and Royalties
When a book is acquired by a publisher, book royalties and book advances are the means by which publishers pay the author. Following is a brief overview of book royalties and advances work.

What is a Book Contract?
What is a book contract? A book contract is the legally-binding agreement between an author and his or her book publisher that dictates assignment of rights, obligations and money. Learn more in this overview of the book contract.

Book Contract - Outlined
What terms are included in a book publishing contract? The standard book contract encompasses a lengthy number of clauses covering important manuscript, legal and financial points in a book's life cycle and an author's livelihood. Learn about the typical clauses of a book contract.

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