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Book publishers are professionals that prepare and issue a variety of fiction, sci-fi, romance, and horror genre books. Working in this industry often involves editing, proofreading manuscripts, and printing books. In fact, publishers often deal with authors, agents, writers, and other experts in this business. Many press releases and novels are even published online these days. In order to better understand this industry, you should take a look at some of the terms found below.

  • Nonfiction – A book or publication that is written in prose and based on real people, events, and facts.
  • Publishing Company or House – A company or business that helps writers and authors with preparing and issuing copies of books, magazines, and newspapers.
  • YA – This refers to young adult literature and fiction, which can be fantasy, children’s titles, sci-fi, history, or horror.
  • Biography – A book written as an account of someone’s life, but not written by the subject of the text.
  • Manuscript – This is a book that is written or typed by an author, but has not been published yet.
  • Autobiography – An account of one’s life that is written by him or herself.
  • Cookbook – A printed text of cooking recipes, which typically offers a variety of food categories.
  • Children’s Title – A book that is geared toward a child or preteen and can be a genre like mystery, sci-fi, or fantasy.
  • Author – The writer of a book, manuscript, article, essay, or report.
  • Editor – This is a professional that may work for a publishing house and is typically in charge of the final content of the novel or other publication.
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    Wide Yard, Inc.
    103 Sanborn Avenue, Boston, MA 02133
    Enjoy Days of the Giants, a captivating new mystery novel by R.J. Petrella through publishing company Wide Yard, Inc. of Boston, MA.
    (857) 271-2062
    Pazzo Books
    16 Johnswood Rd, Boston, MA 02131
    Pazzo was opened by brothers Brian and Tom Nealon in 2003 in Roslindale Square. Brian had just graduated from college and Tom had arrived at loose ends and, it was generally agreed
    (617) 323-2919
    Evan K. Margetson
    28 Wardwell Avenue, Lynn, MA 01902
    Get a copy of this captivating fiction book by respectable novelist, Evan K. Margetson. Contact me today at (978) 473-7241 in Lynn, MA, to learn more about my book. Get a copy of this captivating fic
    (978) 473-7241
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    136 Irving St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 576-5000
    Circlet Press Inc
    39 Hurlbut St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 864-0663
    Emerald Publishing
    84 Sherman St Ste 2, Cambridge, MA 02140
    (617) 945-9130
    Candlewick Press
    2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
    (617) 661-3330
    International Press
    385 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
    (617) 623-3016
    Wisdom Publications
    199 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
    (617) 776-7416
    Digital Publishing Solutions Inc
    46 3rd Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
    (617) 591-2280
    Candlewick Press
    99 Dover St, Somerville, MA 02144
    (617) 661-3330
    Newtowne Publishing
    240b Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
    (617) 628-8680
    Myjove Corp
    17 Sellers St, Cambridge, MA 02139
    (617) 945-9051
    Aspen Law & Business
    675 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
    (617) 475-7000
    Star Brights Books Inc
    13 Landsdowne St, Cambridge, MA 02139
    (617) 354-1300

    Until 1455, books were made entirely by hand. Literacy was very low and the concept of a book publisher was unknown. However, not long after the invention of the printing press, popularity of book publishers grew enough that governments instilled censorship. Today, anyone can be a publisher. The invention and expanse of the electronic book and printed book has had on technology, has significantly reduced the cost of printing. Technology has allowed for books to be printed at more reasonable rates. The use of computers has also caused a decline in manuscript collections, because many books are now published with no original manuscript ever being made. The printing press is still used by publishers. Books are printed continuously and the size of which is determined by the publishing house. A book by a new author will receive a far smaller quantity printed than the latest title from a famous writer. Both non-fiction books and novels go through an extensive process of editing before being printed. The publishing industry is in flux. Genres such as sci-fi, fantasy and romance are leading the shift towards electronic books. Most publishers specialize in specific a genre or type of book, with larger houses using different departments for different markets. For example, children's and YA fiction may be printed for one department, while another may take care of a cookbook or a biography publication. Editors commonly work for a specific department. Smaller publishers specialize in a specific area such as horror, children's books or history. Most new novel releases were initially published in hardcover. Physical stores are being eclipsed by online sales. As self publishing becomes more common and more authors try their hand at writing, the need for literary agents has increased.
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