Recently I've published a book. Well, my company, Solipsys Limited, has
published a book.
When I say this to people they clearly assume that I'm the author, and
while that confusion is completely understandable, I'm getting a little
weary of explaining the difference, and indeed, the different roles and
So I've written a list.
Now, sometimes the publisher will provide their own Copy-Editor and/or
Proof Reader, and sometimes not. Sometimes the Publisher will act as
Distributor, and possibly Retailer. However, these are the roles that
get performed, and while they are not all independent, they all exist.
So in this case:
- Steve Williamson is the author
- Rachel Wright is the copy-editor
- We had no agent
- Solipsys Limited is the publisher
- Gomer Press is the printer
- We are working on distribution and retail
- We have sold some copies direct to readers
- ... which is very satisfying.
|The Author || ... is the one who writes all the words, gathers the pictures, etc.|
|The Copy-Editor |
and/or Proof Reader
| ... goes over everything making sure it's clear, and there are no errors.|
|The Agent || ... is the person who tries to find a publisher.|
|The Publisher || ... is the person or organisation that takes the financial risk, paying for the subsequent stages.|
|The Typesetter || ... takes the manuscript from the author and creates the version that can be given to the printer.|
|The Printer || ... takes the manuscript in some pre-specified form and creates a physical book, usually lots of them.|
|The Distributor || ... hawks the book around to various retailers.|
|The Retailer || ... is the person or organisation who holds copies of the book to sell to the eventual owner.|
|The Purchaser || ... is the person who actually gives money to the retailer in exchange for a book.|
|The Reader || ... is the person who finally reads it. |
This is the final objective.