Pride of Authorship
Navigating the world of book publishing can be a challenge for
the first-time writer.
By Lisa Speckhardt
F. L. Olmsted, O. C. Simonds, Ian McHargthey were not only
great landscape architects; they were also great communicators.
All authored books documenting their work and putting their ideas
and philosophies in print. Who wouldn't want to be in such august
company? The opportunity to share one's experience and wisdom in
book form can be almost irresistible.
So, assuming you manage to undertake the supreme effort and write
a book, what is involved in getting it from manuscript to publication?
Many writers agonize over how to get their books published and made
available to the right audience. Connecting with the right publisher
for your book is critical. Some authors are fortunate enough to
have publishers approach them at conferences after hearing the author
give a presentation, while some are contacted when a published article
or paper piques an acquisitions editor's interest. But many would-be
book authors need to make the first step themselves. So what's the
Finding the Right Publisher for your Book
There are many options in publishing, from university presses
to commercial publishing houses to small specialty publishers. Approach
finding a publisher as you would hunting for a jobstart with
some research. What books are in their catalog? Have they published
books on landscape architecture or your particular topic? Do they
have an ongoing series in which your book would fit well? Frederick
Steiner, ASLA, veteran of almost a dozen books, suggests, "The first
thing is to look at publishers who are publishing books like yours."
If you submit your manuscript to a publisher that doesn't publish
on your topic, you're only wasting your time and theirs.
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