Just wanted to share an incident that happened to me in my pursuit of an academic publisher for a book idea that could serve students as a recommended text or professionals in the field. After sending the proposal, the acquisitions editor asked for a little more information -- classes in which the book would be used, professional organizations for marketing, etc. -- and I was so happy to share : ) A week or two later, I receive an email from the ed letting me know that the publisher is going to mail me an offer to publish the book. Happy dance, etc. The offer & contract arrive -- they would LOVE to publish the book, but economic times being what they are, they need the authors to cough up the money to typeset the book, at approximately $5 a page!! Insult continues -- royalties not to start until 1000 books had been sold.
Needless to say, I had to pass on the offer -- economic times being what they are at my own home!! Happy ending -- 2 weeks later, another publisher offers a contract, gives me 2 more months than I had stated I'd need to complete the book, and offers royalties as decent as any in the academic world! Gee, they'll even typeset the book for free. Who'd thunk?