Publishing Houses

Written by Christa Gatewood
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The book publishing industry is extremely competitive. Thousands of writers submit manuscripts to trade publishing houses each year. Of all of the manuscripts they receive, they will only publish about two percent of them. They are so competitive because being published by a trade publishing house is the best chance a book has of becoming a bestseller. About 85 percent of bestsellers are published by large publishing houses.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Publishing Houses

Being published by a large publishing house also means not having to pay out of your own pocket. Publishing houses pay for all of the costs of editing, production, and marketing. The writer is only required to write the book and to do publicity at times. Writers are then paid a royalty for each book sold. Sometimes a publishing house will pay a writer in advance of writing the book. The advance is calculated according to the royalties that will be made from the predicted sales.

Being published by a large house also means that the book will be available to the widest audience possible. It doesn't matter how good the book is if no one can find it to buy it. For the books the publisher really believes in, there will also be additional publicity opportunities. This can add a lot to book sales and mean more royalties for the author.

There are also some disadvantages to working with a large publishing house. They will buy the rights to your book, and consequently, they will have control over all aspects of its production, including content. It is not uncommon for a publisher to demand content changes when the rights have been bought. First-time writers will have a harder time resisting the publisher's control. Additionally, because the publishing house is putting up all of the money, the writer's royalties will be less than if he published with a smaller company or self-published.

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