The Publishing Process


The process of publication often seems mysterious. How does it work? Generally speaking, here is the order of how the modern publishing process moves.



  1. The author creates an introductory inquiry letter, called a “query.” This is usually after they finish the manuscript. In some non-fiction, you go through this process with only a book proposal before the manuscript is written.
  2. An Agent or Publisher accepts your work. An agent will look for a publisher.
  3. Your manuscript finds a home with a publisher.
  4. Publishing process initiates (6 months to 2 years).
  5. Your galley proofs arrive for your inspection.
  6. Once you have approved the proof, your book is released.
  7. After release, you work to market your book and begin the next.

It seems simple enough, but you would be surprised how incredibly complicated and needlessly confusing it can become.