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Getting into Print: The Decision-Making Process in Scholarly Publishing

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Based on extensive fieldwork at two well-known commercial publishers of scholarly books, Walter W. Powell details the different ways in which both internal politics and external networks influence decisions about what should be published. Powell focuses on the work of acquisitions editors: how they decide which few manuscripts, out of hundreds, to sponsor for publication; ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published September 15th 1988 by University Of Chicago Press (first published May 1st 1986)
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Jul 26, 2014 added it
This is a rather out-dated book in many ways. However, there are almost no books on the basics of the publishing industry in terms of what goes on in a traditional publishing house.
This one deals mostly with scholarly publishing, and is really a comparative case analysis with lots of academic-sounding references. But if you skip over all of that, you will find some nice little nuggets of information about how editors work, how books are chosen, what the challenges are for editors and authors, an
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