Next up in my tips when publishing your book, we look at what working with a publisher is like!
HOW THE WRITER, AGENT AND EDITOR RELATIONSHIP WORKS
Once you have an agent, they will send your book out to commissioning editors at different publishers. If an editor loves your book and thinks it has market potential, they will need to convince their wider team. This happens at an acquisition meeting where all of the different departments meet.
Once your book has been acquired, your editor will send over a contract to your literary agent; they will double-check the terms, ensuring the best deal for you.
HOW THE EDITING PROCESS WORKS
Once the contract is signed, you will begin working with your editor to get your story into the best shape possible. You will have an editorial meeting where your editor will give their recommendations for improvement.
Once the final version of your story has been agreed upon, it will be copyedited and proofed, checked for style, consistency, structure and accuracy.
HOW COVER DESIGN WORKS
While you’re working on your edits, your editor will write up a cover brief to send to the designers. Your editor will share the proposed cover with you and your agent for your thoughts.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON PUBLICATION DAY
A few months before publication day, your book will have gone to the printers and the sales and distribution will be working hard to get physical stock into bookshops, supermarkets and retailers.
You might have a launch party where your friends and family all come together to celebrate the launch of your book with you!