How a Book is Born

Publisher Weldon Owen has released a rather entertaining “74% accurate” infographic on how a book turns from an idea into the final product in the traditional publishing model.

I’ve been in and around the publishing industry for several years now and this flowchart is amusingly accurate. Although, as with any lifecycle, there are many more divergent paths that a book can take. A rather tragic path I once witnessed (many moons and jobs ago), was where the editor of a new author had left the publishing company. Although the new author’s book was about to be published, without anyone to champion it within the company, their work completely floundered – there was a token print run and very little marketing support. I’m not sure what happened to it in the end, but if it became a success, I would be surprised – every new author’s worst nightmare. I’m sure that there’s a lesson in there somewhere.

Anyhoo, on a more upbeat note, enjoy the infographic.



10 responses to “How a Book is Born

  1. Say it ain’t so! Say it ain’t so! Haha, funny stuff

  2. So true. As someone who is currently trying to rewrite a second draft and trying not to get concussion from banging my head against a wall, I cannot look at another celebrity ‘book’. Who knew fame was all you needed to be able to write? I’m signing up for Big Brother now….

    • The ‘celebrity’ memoir very sadly continues to be in vogue, but they are mostly very short lived. Much better to create something of substance that is a slow burn. Good luck on the second draft

  3. I love it, love it, love it!

  4. This is actually sad because it’s so true… I laughed anyway! —Jadi

  5. Pingback: “It’s Not a Baby, It’s a Book” by Mercy Pilkington | Authors Helping Authors Resource Site

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