From Manuscript to Publication: The Birth of a Book (from the publisher’s perspective)

With this new series, I hope to shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes of a small independent publisher.

How exactly does a writer get published?Why do some manuscripts get rejected and others accepted?Why does the process take so darn long?

and most of all…

What’s it like to go through the publishing process with an indy publisher?

My plan is to write in chronological order, what happened and when, and what’s going on now. I won’t be divulging anything proprietary (sorry) but it will give you an idea of all that goes on – big and small – from receipt of a query letter to the final on-sale date when you can find a book in a bookstore near you.

As this series progresses, I welcome questions and comments, but please, no queries about your own manuscript. This is not the forum for that. In fact, while I’m thinking of it, I already have two books (hopefully) slated for 2007, so I won’t be accepting any new manuscripts until late next year at the earliest.

Lastly, this series is written about a real query, a real manuscript, and a real soon-to-be-released published book titled Like a Maccabee by Barbara Bietz and illustrated by Anita White, to be released on October 23, 2006 (though advance sales are going on now).

I have permission from the author to share the ups and downs of what we went through from her first query to our final joy as we celebrate The Birth of a Book.


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