Are publishers still publishing? How are publishing houses making decisions about what to accept in the time of COVID?
What can authors do to make their submissions more effective?
As ever, there are no guarantees. An author’s voice and the quality of writing remain key to a publisher’s decision-making, as does a book’s fit for their particular list. How can authors make themselves easy to work with, and marketable? Have some manuscripts become dated by the epidemic? Can that be fixed?
A publisher explains publishing fundamentals and shares his thoughts on why the details—timelines, data, sales channels (physical bookstores, online sellers), and of course the glorious, physical book—remain central to a title’s success.