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What does a publisher do

Publishing is a team effort that relies on a range of different expertise.

Publishing seems like a simple business - an author writes a manuscript, has it printed into an eBook, and a reader buys it. But this apparent simplicity requires a lot of hard work and money. Book publishers do way more than print and sell books.

A book can change anyone, but to make this, a lot of work goes into its final product. From the beginning to the end, a publisher invests a lot of time, money, and expertise in ensuring that each book is the best. The reason is to get a brilliant work into the hands of many readers as possible.

If a writer signs with a publisher, they can expect that publisher to do everything---from copy editing to media training authors and illustrators, creating marketing materials to promote the book, deciding which retailers to approach to stock the book, and persuading newspaper editors to run reviews.

The procedure of receiving the manuscript to delivering the completed book--will often take the best part of a year and will always involve dozens of experts along the way: from marketing to technology and sales to social media.


There will be no sales if - a book does not have a great cover to make you want to buy it, a skilled publicist to make sure you know about it, and a brilliant distribution team working tirelessly to ensure that the book is there to buy, whether on a shelf in a bookshop or the warehouse of an online retailer. The most successful publications see all these teams working in sync with the skills and experience required to create a bestseller.

So, what exactly happens between the completion and the finished books you find on the shelves in your favorite shop?


A book Publisher supervises the entire process of bringing books to the market - author development, manuscript editing, promotion, distribution, and financial management.

Learning how publishers practice their profession can help you decide which role in the book publishing industry will interest you and dictate how to prepare for a career in this field.

The following are the different teams involved in bringing our books to life—

Screening --Writer Identification Experts

Large book publishers work with literary agents and help prepare their manuscripts for submission to a publishing house. When a book publisher decides to work with an author, it assigns editors to work with the writer to clean up the manuscript and create a book that can sell. It may include an editor asking an author to drop or add characters, change the plot, and add or drop chapters.

Manuscript Editors

Publishers direct books using formulas that help sell. For instance, a publishing house typically assigns its editors a genre. It starts with fiction or non-fiction and can progress to specific genres such as romance, horror, young adult adventure, politics, or mystery.

The publishing house staff specializes in each of these areas and guides writers to rewrite episodes of their books to fit the expectations of consumers who purchase titles in these categories. For example, depending on the genre, the writer might need to tone down or spice up any scenes in the book.

Assembling and Distribution

Book publishers help with the printing and distribution, including getting them into brick-and-mortar and online stores. Depending on how they think the book might sell, publishers might start selling the books in a hardcover format and quickly add softcover versions.

Booksellers distribute eBook versions of titles and work on formatting and selling digital versions of books. Publishers from digital titles for e-readers, tablets, and other apps, as they know how to work with the sellers.

Book Promotion/Publicity

Book Publishers promote authors and books in many ways, such as by scheduling media interviews and setting up book signings. They send advance copies to the media, promoting the book to book-of-the-month clubs, bookstores, online sellers, and other book distributors.

Booksellers also submit books for awards and promote the title. Publishers monitor the sales to see if the author makes any bestseller lists or wins awards. They then blast the news on their social media channels and to their media contacts and print the information in subsequent editions.

A publisher will train the authors to make public appearances and give media interviews. Not only do they help pick the right clothes to wear, but they might also conduct mock interviews with a list of questions the writer can expect from those who typically interview book writers.

It does not matter how well the author writes if no one knows about the book.

Increase in Self-Publishing

Self-publishing technology has helped authors create, produce and sell their books. Amazon, for example, provides services to help writers lay out a book, turn it into digital or print versions, sell on Amazon, set a specific, and collect the money.

Self-publishing allows writers to keep all of the profits but does not provide the experience and support in all areas of the book publishing process that publishers have. In addition to being an author, writers have to become part-time book promoters or hire someone who can do this for them.

Whichever publisher you work with, the most important thing to know is that you will be working with experts in their field. From a combination of research and experience, publishers know their readers inside out and how to cut through the noise and get people excited about new stories.