Books are food for the soul. Billions of books have been published and within their pages, is a trove of inexhaustible knowledge, ready to be partaken by all who are eager for wisdom. Before a book is available in-store, a lot of work is put into it. For the authors, the endless hours spent coming up with a manuscript is, to say the least, commendable. For the casual book reader, there is a need to appreciate the efforts made by the different stakeholders in the publishing industry. Here are some of them.
The role of publishers is critical in the industry. Initially, publishers receive the manuscript from the author, go through it, and suggest improvements. After a back and forth process, the book is now ready for publication. Part of what goes on behind the scenes is editing, design, and prototyping. The role played by editors is critical in enhancing the quality of books that find their way to the shelves.
Most authors write for various reasons. Surprisingly, money is rarely the main objective, so much as to get something off their chest, contribute new knowledge, or produce a critique of society. Despite this observation, the role of marketers in the book industry cannot be gainsaid. They help promote books to a broader audience hence earning admirers and buyers. The money is a welcome bonus to authors and a lifeline to the publishers.
You cannot possibly read all the books in the world. Most readers identify books to read, depending on the author or genre. For other readers, the ideas on what book to read are guided by book reviewers. Depending on the review, book lovers will decide whether it is a worthy read or not. For this reason, the book reviewers’ place in the publishing industry is unquestionable.