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• How long have you been in business?
• How many authors do you manage?
• Can I contact any of the authors you currently publish for?
• What are your plans for this book?
• What will you do in terms of marketing for the book?
• Will I have a say in deciding on the book cover?
• What services will you provide as my publisher?
• Do I retain all my rights to the book?
• Will I get the book sales report?
• Will you be handling promotions for the book?
• What will the royalty rate be and how often will I be paid?
Reputable book publishers will not charge you to publish a book, instead, they publish the book and expect payment from book sales. That is why book publishers usually have to sit down and decide well whether they should publish a book or whether the book is worthy to be published and if it would make sales. If your book gets published, then you do not have to worry about payment until your book starts making sales. Publishing companies that charge before a book is published are known as vanity presses and they do not pay much attention to the success of the book especially since they have gotten their payment. However, it costs between $100 to about $3,000 to self-publish a book. The cost usually includes fees for the book cover, formatting, editing, marketing, and whatever tools you make use of in the publishing process.
No, it is not the job of a book publisher to edit your book. If you need editing for your book, then you’ll need to hire an editor to help you with that. Publishers are more concerned with checking if your book is worthy enough to be distributed or produced under their name. They are involved in the marketing, development, and distribution of the book to the public. They have no business with editing your book.
There are five publishers commonly referred to as the “big five” and they are, in no particular order;
• Harper Collins.
• Penguin/Random House.
• Hachette Book Group.
• Simon and Schuster.
They were previously known as the big 6 but two of the big 6, Penguin and Random House merged to form one publishing company.
A book publisher is simply an individual or a company that deals in or is responsible for bringing out or introducing books to the public for reading purposes. The book publisher is the right stop if you’re looking for a person or a company who can put your book out to members of the general public. A book publisher is usually involved in some steps in the book development process ranging from printing to producing to marketing and then the distribution of the book.
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