SmartSellTM - The New Way to Sell Online

Shop over 1.5 Million Toys in our Huge New Range

Book Commissioning & Acquistion

New or Used: $10.19
This new edition of a successful and highly-praised book provides an comprehensive introduction to the job of a commissioning editor. Gill Davies offers close guidance and support on how editors should approach this job. She demonstrates the main principles and practices involved in commissioning and acquisition, and covers difficult issues connected with judgement and decision making which are at the heart of the editor's job. Individual chapters address: * how to choose what to publish * proposing projects for publication * from contract to delivery * managing the publication process * strategic and financial aspects of list building * developing and maintaining a list * teamwork and professional ethics. The new edition also includes guidance on issues that have become more pressing since publication of the first edition, such as controlling e-mail, the effect of digitisation, and inheriting other editors' lists as a consequence of take-overs and mergers. Extensive coverage is given to the perennial problems that editors face, particularly the most demanding: slippage and handling difficult authors. New case studies from a wide variety of publishing contexts illustrat the commercial and practical problems that editors must address in today's complex and challenging marketplace.
Product Details

About the Author

Gill Davies worked in publishing for 26 years and became one of the leading academic publishers in her field. She held three managing directorships in that time since beginning work in publishing as an editorial secretary, and worked in New York for two years. She was the first woman to be elected Chair of the Council of Academic Publishing at the Publishers' Association of Great Britain. Professor Gill Davies is now Director of the MA in Book Publishing at the London College of Communication. She also provides training on courses for young editors run by the Publishing Training Centre and other organisations.


"This is an excellent guide for all aspiring editorial staff and, indeed, established editors. Gill Davies gives a very clear and in-depth picture of how to acquire and live with an editorial job-title. Her information is delivered in an authoritative, brisk style with a dash of wry humour and clear enthusiasm for a job which can be both exciting, very rewarding and very nerve-racking. Established editors can also learn from this book and I shall happily recommend it to all the staff I help to train." -Mary Tapissier Director, HR and Training, Hodder Headline Publishing ..."This is a first-class complete and measured account of everything that a commissioning editor needs to know." -Richard Balkwill, Copy Train ..."The book is truly 'master and commander' of its subject. Its appeal to editors is obvious - whether they are new, aspiring, or 'old hands' - but Ms Davies' book should also be compulsory reading for publishing company directors, especially those chief executives or senior corporate accountants who believe in the book fairy, and who imagine that commissioning and editing good books is an easy and leisurely affair when compared to the real world of grappling with annual budgets and three-year forecasts ." -Richard Balkwill, Copy Train ..."Gill Davies' book has many outstanding qualities. Its single most remarkable feature is balance: it maintains the equilibrium between competing forces, whether the contest is between creative authors and target-bound editors; or between achieving intangible 'value-add', and ensuring quality through meticulous detail. The book shows at every turn that the author has lived in the difficult 'real world' of an author'saspirations and a company's commercial goals. To understand, even to reconcile these sometimes opposing demands, buy and read Gill's book." -Richard Balkwill, Copy Train

Look for similar items by category
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Book Commissioning & Acquistion on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Back to top