Even for authors who have finished writing their books, the publishing world remains a mystery. What should the author expect from the publisher, and what does the publisher expect from the author?
How should a manuscript be formatted? How should it be packaged and submitted? What is copy-editing and how is it different from content editing? How do publishers set deadlines, and what happens if the author can’t meet them? Who decides what goes on the cover and what illustrations to use? How should the author mark page proofs and how many changes can the author make? What should be included in a publicity kit? How can the author best promote himself and get media interviews, book reviews, and autograph parties?
In this helpful guide, the editorial director of PBL Limited, a small commercial publishing firm, gives a down-to-earth, step by step guide to writing, submitting, editing, producing, and promoting a book.
“PBL’s Author Handbook is a must-have for any new author. I wish my publisher had given me one when I landed my first book deal.” — Rachelle Chase, author of Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa
LeAnn Lemberger (writing as Leigh Michaels) is the author of more than 100 books, including 80 contemporary romance novels, a dozen historical romance novels, non-fiction books about writing, and local history books. More than 35 million copies of her books have been printed in 25 languages around the world. She is a six-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest, and was honored by Iowa Library Association with the Johnson Brigham Award for an Iowa author making a contribution to literature world-wide. For more information about her, visit her website at www.leighmichaels.com.