Publishing Information

Industry Links

Independent Book Publishers Association A not-for-profit membership organization serving and leading the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success.

Digital Book World Daily A website offering educational and networking resources for consumer publishing professionals and their partners including agents, booksellers and technology vendors.

Publishing Perspectives An International look at the publishing industry offering opinion, trends, news, and events.

Galley Cat Blog with daily features on what’s happening in publishing, guest posts from authors, tips on writing, and features on breakthrough authors.

Writers Digest The international news source of book publishing and book selling; PW reviews of books are displayed on Amazon, so can be important

Shelf Awareness A daily newsletter about the book trade from the booksellers’ perspective.

Book Industry Study Group The creator of the official genres that most organizations in the publishing industry use.

Bowker The organization that manages, sells, and oversees ISBNs in the United States; also publishes reports on book consumer demographics and buying behaviors.

Writer’s League of Texas A non-profit association of Texas writers offering networking, education, resources, conferences, and information on writing and publishing

Publisher’s Weekly The international news source of book publishing and book selling.

      Do I Need a Literary Agent?

      One of the most frequently asked questions in publishing is “Do I need a literary agent?” Well, that depends on your goals, genre, resources, and which publishing option you choose.

      If you are pursuing a traditional publishing deal, an agent is essential. Most traditional publishers don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, meaning that they only accept manuscripts they’ve commissioned or that are represented by a reputable agent. Not only does the agent act as the middle man—and the first line of defense for the hundreds of slush submissions that publishers would otherwise have to sift through—the agent also acts on your behalf in the negotiation process when a publisher is ready to purchase the rights to your book.

      How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

      Unlike fiction, where an author must have a completed manuscript ready before they approach apublisher or agent, a nonfiction author only needs to develop a proposal to submit to publishers and/or agents. The proposal should answer the following questions:

      1. Content: What is the book about?
      2. Market: Who would be interested in this idea?
      3. Competitive Titles: What other books already exist on this topic and how does this one differ?
      4. Platform: Who is the author, why is the author the best person to produce this book, and what are they doing to engage with potential readers?