Publishers are responsible for managing all aspects of a book’s production, except the writing – that’s the author’s job. However, the publisher guides the development and refinement of the author’s ideas and words.
Publishing teams usually provide the following services:
When you self-publish, you become the publisher, which means it’s usually up to you to put together your own support – or publishing – team.
The first step is to identify which of these tasks you – or another colleague – feel confident completing yourself, and which ones you need to recruit outside help for.
You likely already work with people who can provide many of the services you’ll need to develop and publish your book. For example:
You can also look outside your institution to:
If you’re successful in obtaining an open textbook grant for your book, you may be able to hire professional services such as freelancer editors or graphic designers.
Your librarian may also be able to provide recommendations for accessing these services.
Underdown, H. (2018). What a publisher does: key roles. http://www.underdown.org/publisher-expertise.htm
Adapted from ‘Identify Support’ in Self-Publishing Guide by Lauri M. Aesoph, licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.