Burning Questions about Book Publishing: How do traditional book publishers function?

by Ruta Rimas Kristen’s post last week about her work as a copy editor reminded me of how—once a book is accepted and bought by a publishing house—there are so many different individuals who are involved in a book’s actual publication. Obviously, there is the writer, the creator of the content, the most important piece … Continue reading Burning Questions about Book Publishing: How do traditional book publishers function?

Reading Like a Copy Editor

by Kristen Holt-Browning I write poems and short stories for fun (except when it’s completely frustrating), but I copyedit the work of others for (a little) profit. Usually when I tell someone what I do for a living, the first question I get is, “What exactly does a copy editor do?” followed by, “how are … Continue reading Reading Like a Copy Editor

Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?

By Ruta Rimas When people think of children’s books, the first type that usually pops into mind is picture books, the often large-trimmed delights of young childhood, sometimes (but not always) read at bedtime. Most adult readers can fondly look back upon their youth and recall a few favorites books, the ones that transformed them … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?

Burning Questions About Book Publishing: How is a book cover created?

By Ruta Rimas The cover of a book is by far its most valuable marketing tool, and many ideas (and opinions) factor into the final design. Publishers want unique, eye-catching book covers. Ask yourself what makes you pick up a book, and that is the very question publishers ponder at every stage of the design … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: How is a book cover created?

Burning Questions About Book Publishing: From start to finish, how does a book end up on a bookstore shelf?

By Ruta Rimas As a publishing professional, I’m often asked about the process of book-making, how a Word document is transformed into a beautiful, typeset, bound, physical object that one can purchase. The answer seems obvious —  write, send off the files to the printer et voilà! Book! — but many are surprised by how … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: From start to finish, how does a book end up on a bookstore shelf?