Ever wonder what exactly goes into publishing a craft book? Craftypod talks to a publicist pal of mine (hi Christina!) and a literary agent here. Christina did the PR for The Pillow Book and she is awesome, so I am excited to listen to this.
That said, have you ever wondered what it takes? Do you have questions? Write ‘em in comments and I’ll answer when I get back from Felt School.
Some things I’ve noticed most people don’t know about the publishing industry:
- Authors usually don’t get to pick their own titles
- Ditto with covers
- Ditto with content…sometimes. Patterns get cut, chapters get cut…whether for space or otherwise
- Format, photos, pagecount, you name it. Nope. You guessed it. We have little to no control there, either (I have to admit I’m a little sad that someone dissed Alt Fiber for its ‘lack’ of photos, when I thought the photos were just gorgeous…there are limits to how much you can cram into X number of pages, you know? and you can’t just add one or two pages on a whim)
Now, I should hasten to add that a good publisher does ask for input on these things, and sometimes you can win a small victory here and there (remind me to tell you about the original font on the cover of the Knitgrrl books), but it’s not guaranteed.
So. Questions. Have at ‘em. Anything goes, from how book proposals work to what the editing process is like to…well, you tell me. What do you want to know?
I would also be curious to know, as avid knitters and crafters, what sort of books you haven’t seen hit the market yet that you’d like to see. Topic-wise, format, what? All formats have their benefits (spiral bound stays open flat when you’re working! e-books get delivered immediately!) and their drawbacks. Spill with the questions and we’ll discuss!