Book Production Process
A lot goes into the process of publishing a book. Of course the first thing that needs to happen is an author needs to fabricate a story and write it. The next step would be the copyright if you were like me and don’t trust anyone. After which you will send it in to your agent if you have one. He or she will send it to the publisher interested and work out the contract details.
Once it makes it to the publisher, the next process is editing. Some editors make the necessary changes for you while others make their marks and send it back to the author for corrections. Once the editing phase is completed, the next step is text production. This is the stage where the edited text is formatted to whatever size and type of book or books being produced.
Once the format or formats are completed, it moves on to cover design. This is where your book can be made or broken. A good designer will read the book entirely before designing the ideal cover. Others skim over it and come up with their ideas. Whatever the case, the cover is what catches the eyes of the consumer. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, well that may be the case but the cover does help sell it.
Once the cover is designed, everything is sent off to production where the books are printed. Some publishers are print to order while others print large quantities and store them for sales. This is where the edition comes into play. First edition or first printings are the rare copies that often become collector’s editions.
Once the product has been made and stored in a warehouse or some sort of storage facility the marketing that has already begun will attract the retailers who may have even preordered stock already. This is why marketing and smart advertisements are good. Sales can pick up much faster if you have advertised the product within the proper channels and markets for consumers to be made aware of its existence.
As dull as this may sound, it is actually very exciting for authors to see their creations come to life and wind up on store shelves. Without these books you would not have movies like Harry Potter or miniseries like True Blood. Next time you hear someone say that books or reading sucks, tell them that you need both to create movies and television shows.
Article by Kevin C Davison
“I write to entertain, and for a cause.”