The Life of a Book

The Writer
A writer has an idea, writes a story, and edits it into a manuscript

The Agent
The writer sends the manuscript to an agent. The agent evaluates the manuscript. If the agent thinks they can sell the manuscript they will agree to represent the author. The author then signs a contract with an agent. The agent pitches the manuscript to publishers, typically via a managing editor.

The Publisher
If the publisher agrees to purchase the manuscript the agent negotiates the terms on behalf of the writer. The terms include deadlines, advances, residuals, film rights, foreign language rights, out-of-print clauses, and much more.

The managing editor plans the book’s workflow and schedule. The editor works back and forth with the writer to incorporate needed developmental edits that will elevate the structure and tone of the finished manuscript. followed by copy edits and final proofing for press.

Production and Design
The manuscript is sent to copyeditors then to proofreaders for press. The book is then converted to various digital formats for press, e books, and digital files for pre-publicity. The formats include copy and design for covers as well as interior design.

Marketing and Publicity
Marketing gets the word out about the book through promotions and advertising. Publicity uses press releases and pitches to get the book to media outlets such as: book reviewers, periodicals, podcasts, radio, tv, and more

The book is added to publisher catalogs and websites. Sales reps approach retailers that might be interested in the book. They use the pre-publicity and marketing to help sell the book.

Distribution companies are imperative. These companies fulfill orders, monitor sales for supply chains, and platforms that sell eBooks. 

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