Book Commissioning and Acquisition
Since its first publication, this essential guide to book commissioning has established itself as the one and only 'must-read' for any successful editor, and the core training text used both within publishing houses and on publishing courses worldwide.
In this new edition, Davies concentrates on the essential skills of commissioning, as well as other editorial challenges such as handling new lists following mergers and takeovers, and the demands of digital technology. New case-studies have been added which illustrate the commercial and practical problems that editors must address in today's complex and demanding marketplace.
This book remains the one text that editors must have by their side throughout their careers.
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Review: Book Commissioning and AcquisitionUser Review - Drucilla - Goodreads
On the plus side, this book explains everything you'd want to know about being an editor and acquiring books. It uses clear and consise language along with examples to make sure the reader understands ... Read full review
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Thorough, useful, relevant and inspiring. A very good book on best practice within commissioning and list management. Recommended. Read full review
The route to becoming an editor
Structure of the book
One size fits all?
How to choose what to publish
How authors select publishers
How editors select authors
Liaison with marketing
Dealing with inappropriate behaviour
Context for choosing
True commissioning work
Evaluating books and projects
The publishing list
Seeking advice from colleagues
Working with agents
Intuition versus facts
Committing projects for publication
The written submission
Profit and loss account
Accuracy in length and delivery
Common areas of misjudgement
From contract to delivery
System for the progress chasing
Providing appropriate author support
Planning ahead for delivery date
Conflict between authors
Conflict between author and editor
Dealing with unsatisfactory writing
Managing the publication process
Explaining the publication process to the author
Examination of typescripts
Liaison with subeditorial and production
Strategic and financial aspects of list building
Frontlist versus backlist
Dominating the market
Problem areas in list development
Developing and maintaining a list
Developing an established list
Developing a list as a competitive tool
Neglecting the backlist
Putting books out of print
Teamwork and professional ethics
Working with authors
An impossible job?
Inheriting other editors lists
Fear of failure
The best job?
A future for the book?
The example of CD Roms