The Invisible Book Chain.

it’s been over a month now since i finished editing the book Advanced Cryptography Individual Operation (the first edition, 2013), giving to the updated book a new name: Advanced Handwriting Cryptography. i have sent out few query letters to literary agents, with no great success so far, but it’s way too early to come to any conclusion. i have learned that to get my work published as a hardcover book it may take few years, and that’s counting after finding an agent/publisher which may as well take few years. here’s how the process of publishing goes (it’s an excerpt from a long letter, a response from an agent whom i contacted. unfortunately the agent has retired and isn’t taking new works)..

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The Invisible Book Chain: An Overview of the Publishing Process

You write your proposal or manuscript.
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You or your agent submits your book.
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Your editor likes it enough to do a proposal to buy it.
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An editor-in-chief or editorial board decides whether to buy it and for how much.
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You sign a contract and receive the first part of your advance against royalties.
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If you sold your book with a proposal, you write your book.
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Your editor edits your manuscript.
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You respond to your editor’s suggestions.
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Your editor accepts your manuscript.
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You receive the second part of your advance.
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Your editor sends your manuscript to the production department, so it can be published simultaneously in print, and as an ebook and audio book.
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The production department copyedits your manuscript.
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You respond to your copyeditor’s comments.
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The art department creates or outsources the interior design
and the cover for a paperback and ebook or the hardcover jacket.
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In a series of launch meetings, your editor and the sales, marketing, publicity, and advertising departments:
– position your book on one of your publisher’s seasonal lists
– create a trade and consumer-marketing plan
– choose the print, broadcast, and electronic trade and consumer media to carry out the plan
– prepare sales materials for sales conference.
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Throughout the rest of the process, your agent or publisher tries to sell subsidiary rights.
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Your publisher will print advance reading copies (ARCs) and send them to early reviewers and for cover quotes.
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Your book and the plans for it are presented to the sales reps.
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Sales reps sell your book to on- and offline bookstores, distributors, wholesalers, specialty stores, warehouse clubs, and mass-market distributors; and to school, college, and public libraries.
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Your publisher’s education department sells books with adoption potential.
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Your publisher’s special-sales department tries to sell bulk orders for books with premium and bulk-sales potential.
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The production department arranges to print your book.
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Your publisher’s warehouse receives books from the printer, ships orders, and later receives returns.
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Your publisher’s advertising and publicity departments:
– do prepublication promotion
– send out review copies of your book.
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Your book is published and has a brief launch window in which you and your publisher try to generate sales momentum with publicity, reviews, promotion, reading groups, and traditional and social media.
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Readers learn about your book in a bookstore, in a library, from on- and offline media, a reading group, a review, or a friend. They read it, love it, and tell others they must read it.
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Your publisher promotes your book for as long as sales justify it.
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You promote your book for as long as you want it to sell.
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Reprint meetings decide when to:
– reprint and how many copies
– sell or remainder part or all the stock if sales are too low
– make your book available in a print-on-demand edition
– put your book out of print at which time you can ask for the rights back and republish it.
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You write the proposal or manuscript for your next book.

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considering the duration of the whole process till a hardcover book will reach readers, i’m now thinking more about self-publishing, which means i’m going to do a proper research about all the self-publishing options to decide what suits for my needs the best. meanwhile i’m still waiting to receive all the responses from those agents whom i’ve sent out queries.


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