- Only write if you want your book to be No.1.
- Plan annual updates right from the beginning.
- Consider whether an internet supplement offering pictorial and other information not available in the book would make sense.
- The stylistic finish of the chapters is important to make the textbook pleasant to read. Those who cannot perform this task themselves should delegate the job to a professional reader.
- Agree on differing deadlines with your authors so that the chapters don’t pile up at the editorial office.
- Try to find out how many books you can sell. Calculate printing costs and think about whether foundations or sponsors might be interested in taking on part of the edition.
- Try to sell more than 1000 copies.
- Find out whether you should produce an English version.
- Books which are not freely available on the internet are like cars without wheels.
- As you can see, publishers who take their task seriously and want to be more than just a figurehead have plenty to do.
- If you have heard of Flying Publisher projects and have basic skills in the management of HTML sites, go ahead and offer your services. Don’t be surprised if your work doesn't pay off financially at first. By collaborating on a textbook project you will learn things from which you will benefit for the rest of your lives.
- The printing costs for books may be lower than you thought. If a printing machine is set up and the first 1000 copies have been printed, it costs €3.50 to print every 800-page book after that. The number is misleading. In fact – as we will see later on – a publisher can only pay his authors an appropriate fee of 25 Euro per page, for example, if he sells more than 1000 copies.
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