If you have never published a book, the process can be tedious. You need to know some factors of consideration before embarking on the real book publishing process. Transforming a transcript into a book is needs fusion of the efforts of different departments to give your book a chance of being successful. Companies acquire books for publication from similar sources such as international publishers, literary agents, and at some times from they receive unsolicited proposal. The printing, layout, design and e-book coding are the responsibilities of the book production department.
The onset of book publishing process starts with the acceptance and acquisition of a manuscript. This follows the process of evaluation where the publisher accepts a proposal and does a review of the proposal a writer or editor submits. Later, there is the submission of the manuscript by the author should the publishing house accept the earlier sent proposal. On approval the manuscript submitted by the author goes through a review process done by the internal and external referees. Once there is approval of the manuscript after reviews, there follows an agreement between the publisher and the author to publish.
Publishing does not take place immediately a publishing company accepts a manuscript. Initially, an author and the publishing company make an agreement regarding any changes to be made. The author then revises the work and returns it to the publisher after which the manuscript goes through scrutiny for consistency and style. The manuscript is then sent for copy editing, which takes place to make sure of language correctness and any corrections. Corrections are keyed for the author to make clarifications before making any further decisions. However, it is the role of the copy editor to make sure that the work has no spelling and grammar. He is also in charge for ensuring that the work is consistent.
From the copy editor, the work goes to the editor and author containing questions requiring any form of clarification. At this point, there is consultation between the author and editor as they work together to have a finalized text. It is at this point when the manuscript gets to the process of design and layout. Books without illustrations or photographs do not require the input of the author anymore once the book gets to this point. Books that have illustrations and photographs for instance cook books or instructional books require the constant input of the author to make sure that everything is right in place during the stage of designing in the book publishing process.
During the copyediting and reviewing period of the book publishing process, there is the determination of the direction the book should take. The editor and the creative team work in collaboration to provide the author with samples ideas of prospective pages of the book. On finalizing the design, the team produces a dummy of the book for the publishing team and the author to review. They look at its appropriateness, art and texts in order to make any changes whenever necessary. The publisher can produce several dummies for review before the approval for making a final copy.
At this stage of book publishing process, the author receives text in page proofs as the editor, proofreaders and other staff continues to review the text. They make minor changes and correct typos as they fine tune the design and layout of the book without necessarily involving the author.
The last stages of publishing involve printing and shipping, which require some involvement of the author. After that process, a finalized copy with appropriate texts and illustrations is delivered. There is the creation of an index, typesetting and approval. The author is often required to pay for indexing and in the book publishing contract; most publishers have it outlined that it would be deducted from royalties. Finally there is review of files and preparation for manufacturing after which there is the production of clean copies for printing and binding. As books leave the press, they first get to the publisher. The publisher then sends samples to the author, agent and editor while they maintain the produced bulk for publicity purposes and. The publisher also makes sure that the book published reaches the media on its release.