What can publishers change?

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  • What can publishers change?


Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 07:30
Anything that is within the scope of the contract between the author & publisher. The more well known the author, the more likely they are to have to approve changes. At the very least, the legal department will have to make sure there are no actionable problems in the book and the editor will edit of course.
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 11:44
They can change whatever the contract between them and the author allows them to change - which is usually anything and everything. The author can refuse to allow a change, but the publisher might then decide not to publish the book, or not offer to publish the author's next book. In practice, publishers don't often offer to publish books that they think will need a lot of changes to make them marketable. Making those changes (or working with the author to make the changes) takes time, which costs the publisher money. Seeing as most books lose money for the publisher, they want to start with the book as near to being in profit as possible.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 12:32
Depends on your contract. At least that is the way it worked with me.

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