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Ok, so I have an idea for map book/publication, what I should I do then? Produce the maps + text and then pitch it to publishers, or prepare some proposal/concept note and try to sell that?

Any tips and/or experiences?
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Ok, so I have an idea for map book/publication, what I should I do then? Produce the maps + text and then pitch it to publishers, or prepare some proposal/concept note and try to sell that?

Any tips and/or experiences?

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My experience is more in the academic / textbook realm.

It is certainly possible to create the entire text and then pitch it to
a publisher, but I would recommend putting together a sample
chapter or two, a detailed outline of the book, and a statement about
the goals of the book. This is more typical (and less work in the short
run).

You then have to identify publishers who may be interested, and contact
their acquisition editor. The publishers to target will depend on the
content of the book. If it is more technical, a computer guide publisher
may be appropriate. If it is more conceptual a text or academic publisher
may be best. Find other books which are similar in some way to yours
(content, approach, intent) and see who is publishing them.

If a publisher is interested, a typical procedure is to send the sample
chapters to "experts" in the field who can comment on the proposed
book, advise the publisher if they should take the book, and make
suggestions for potential modifications.

Of course you can always create the entire book and sell it yourself -
it is easy to set up an Amazon account or work through self publishing
firms like Authorhouse.

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my idea was to create a little atlas publication for kids, and I think the main distribution point for such a thing would be museum stores, discovery and national geographic stores (and similar) and creativity stores/online (like klutz.com) -- so it is a bit different to the academic world!

Thanks for the feedback!
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Self publishing can be very time consuming, expensive, and financially risque. Publishers can offer, for a price, of course, the financial and editorial backing and distribution networks that can help a product raise to the occasion. If the product is good enough, someone should be interested. If no one is, it is probably worth asking oneself if the risk is worth assuming alone while others in the industry offered to pass. my 2 cents...

Good luck and bounce some images when you get you mock developed.

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thanks, self publication wouldn't be for me in this case, I think the book would need good distribution...
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