The publishing process

Congratulations! Your manuscript has been accepted, although it's unlikely that it has been accepted without requiring some revision. At ASP there will be a couple of potential outcomes — either the manuscript will be rejected, you'll be asked to revise and resubmit, or the manuscript will be accepted with revision. If it's the latter, then ASP staff will work with you on addressing the revisions. However, before any work begins you will need to enter into a publishing agreement.

The contract

The contract spells out the roles, responsibilities, promises and warranties of each party, and includes things like: how the work will be published; what you will need to supply; the schedule; what rights you're granting; what rights the publisher reserves; and the payment terms. Publishers generally retain the right to decide things like format (size), stock, cover, design, RRP, print run and terms of sale.

"Publishers will often ask for first and exclusive option of any potential future publication that you create which is based on, or that is closely related to the work."

Setting the publication date

Once you have negotiated with the publisher a date for sending the final manuscript – noting that you will most likely have to do some revisions – then the publisher will set a publishing or release date which will be included in the agreement. At ASP, publication dates are influenced by several things: what else it's publishing; budget and resourcing; and whether the release can be tied to a special event or conference.

"ASP avoids publishing between the months of November and January because the market is crowded with Christmas gift books and academic staff are on leave."


  • The contract essentially governs the relationship between author and publisher and is a legally–binding document. Read it carefully and seek advice if needed. The Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Society of Authors are a couple of options that are available to you.
Last reviewed: 6 Nov 2018