There are, essentially, five ways in which books can get published.

1. The publisher can come up with an idea and invite an author or volume editor to fulfil it. That was how we commissioned Teaching Creative Writing.

2. The author can pitch an idea to the publisher. That’s how Rethinking Creative Writing began life.

3. The publisher and the author can create an idea together, preferably over lunch. I think that’s pretty much how Researching Creative Writing developed.

4. A publisher can co-publish a book from another publisher’s list. (For example, they divide the world by territory; or they publish different formats). We’re certainly interested in acquiring e-book rights for books on creative writing, though we haven’t struck any deals yet. (The difficulty is, the moment you enquire about e-book rights, the original publisher thinks they must be worth something and so decides to retain them!)

5. A publisher can reissue a book that has been previously published. We’re seriously interested in this one and are scanning the horizon for candidates. If you know of an out-of-print creative writing book that you think should be brought back into print – perhaps with a new foreword or introduction – please do contact us via the About us page.


About Anthony Haynes

Director, Frontinus Ltd Communications Associate, FJWilson Talent Services

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