Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of literaturemusic, or information — the activity of making information available to the general public.

A piece of work is not automatically published, the process entails a proposal which must be approved. Even after being approved, bits and pieces that suit the publisher are extracted which are then forwarded to an editorial team who wrap up the process.

Once work is accepted to be published, royalties are then discussed. This includes international rights and publication rights.

The design of the published material is a crucial element to the publishing process. Any photos used to describe the published material must be licensed and approved. Cover designs are crucial as they are the key marketing element.

The published material is then sent to be printed, a pre-press proof. This is the final stage for any last remaining errors to be found. 

The material is distributed through book sellers, subscribers and/or carriers. 

  • Sub publishers

Newspaper publishing

Periodical publishing- new editions on a regular basis i.e. magazines

Book publishing

Directory publishing-  includes mailing lists, telephone books

Academic publishing- textbooks, learning journals

Tie-in publishing- VCD’s, DVD’s