Document Type

Book Chapter


Developing a book concept into a publishing success involves discipline, management, and creativity. Furthermore, understanding the scope of work involved in the book publishing process can be one challenge facing library practitioners who are contemplating taking on such a project. Therefore, the aim of this article is to demystify the process of publishing a book by offering practical advice from a first-time guest book editor that has collaborated with international contributors. In particular, lessons learned about identifying a potential topic for a book, writing a book proposal for the publisher, and negotiating the book contract will be highlighted. In addition, important skills needed for publishing success will also be described. This article is a pre-print book chapter from Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (ALA, 2009). View more information on the title at


Library and Information Science


Charbonneau, D.H. (2009). Nurturing a book concept to publishing success: Lessons learned from a first-time book editor. In C. Smallwood (Ed.), Writing and publishing: The librarian's handbook (in press). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.