You may know the difference between an electron and a quark. You may even be among those especially talented people who can clearly explain the difference to students with little to no knowledge of quantum physics. You are a leader in your field, but do you know what happens when you submit your textbook manuscript to your publisher?
You probably imagine a dedicated team of copyeditors, proofreaders and illustrators cheerfully toiling away at your publishing house. All working to prepare your textbook for publication. That’s a happy thought; it’s almost utopian. The reality is that once submitted to the publisher, your manuscript is likely to then be outsourced to a third-party for editing, formatting and other necessary services.
You may think, “As long as I’m not paying for it, why do I care?” That’s exactly what your publisher wants you to think. They want you to hand over your knowledge and they promise to take care of the rest. You only have to wait for the work to be completed and send a check for the guaranteed minimum number of books you agreed to purchase in your contract.
What you don’t know is that the cost of your minimum guaranteed purchase actually covers the cost of the editing services and book manufacturing. It also funds a tidy profit for the publishing company who now doesn’t even have to market or sell your book to earn a base profit. Even better for them, future sales of your book will primarily profit the publishing company and their shareholders. It’s like being at Las Vegas, in the end, the house always wins.
What if you could circumvent the publishing company and submit your manuscript directly to the textbook editing company? Would you rather work directly with your textbook’s project manager and receive feedback summaries from peer reviews? With Glasstree Academic Publishing, this will be the new reality.
Glassleaf, the professional services branch of Glasstree, allows authors to choose from a menu of services provided by MPS, a global leader in academic professional services. You can choose from comprehensive publishing packages as well as a la carte services such as manuscript assessment, copyediting, proofreading, illustration, and peer review (blind and double blind).
With Glassleaf you have direct access to the same professional services you are accustomed to receiving, with no guaranteed minimum purchases required. You only pay for the services you need.
Sounds a bit utopian, doesn’t it?
It’s time to take control.