Publishing Q&A

photoQuestion: Another quick publishing question (as a newbie, just asking). My book contract indicates an initial payment after the 1st chapter was “accepted”. My question is: what are the determinations made between a chapter being “delivered” and “accepted”? 1st draft sent? Suggested edits completed? Technical editor changes incorporated? Just wondering.

Charlie Brooks

Answer: Thanks, Charlie – it’s a common question!  Authors often think that a publisher starts the payment process once a chapter is delivered, but that’s not the case. A lot happens after delivery, ie. the editor must have time to read the chapter and determine that it’s acceptable in quality, writing style, and matches with the proposed Table of Contents. Then the payment is requested, a manager approves and signs off, and then the accounting department generally “batches” the payments. All of this takes 4+ weeks in general.

Carole Jelen

Literary agent, content provider, author, corporate consultant to book and online publishing. Connecting authors to publishers in all top series such as the branded “For Dummies” line. Building author careers with single and series titles.

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One comment on “Publishing Q&A
  1. Thanks, Carole. Good to know the exact workings of the publishing industry. As a new author, I appreciate any advice and pearls of wisdom that keep me from getting lost in the weeds. 🙂

    Thanks again,
    Charlie Brooks
    Author, teacher, Security Geek

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