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10/17/2005 

Path to publication - the old way

The 1st step on the old path to publication begins with query letter. Nearly all the major publishing houses will not accept unsolicited submissions. So for a new author, acquiring a literary agent is mandatory. The agent sends a brief query letter and a proposal ( if the book is nonfiction), or the manuscript and a synopsis (if the book is a fiction), to the editor that the agent feels would be a good match.
The editor reviews the submissions and select those books projects they feel most excited about, that fits the house's list at the time, and will sell well. At the publishing house's editorial meetings, the editors present their selections. Questions and answers follow to determine if the book has a market, if it is well written, what the competition is, and what the potential "hook" for publicity might be. Finally, a decision is made about which books will receive an offer.
The agent and editor begin negotiations for the advance, royalties, and other issues of the contract. Advances for fiction can range from a few thousands dollars to seven figures for bestselling authors. The advance is paid to thr literary agent, who then deducts their commission and sends a check for the remainder to the author.
The book editor is a champion of book within a publishing house. As a group, they are the people who have the power to decide what we - as a nation - will or will not read.

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