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psushadow
06-21-2005, 07:15 PM
I've received some interest from an online publisher who is requesting a sample chapter for a non-fiction book I've been interested in writing. I pitched an idea, but don't have a chapter written yet, just a rough outline for some chapters. Can anyone offer any guidance about how long (short) this sample chapter should be? In addition, anyone have experience with online publishers? Any warning signs to watch out for? Thanks for any info.

aka eraser
06-21-2005, 09:14 PM
There's no hard and fast rule on chapter length. It should be as long as it takes to properly develop that aspect of the book.

As to your publisher question, that's tough to say. By "online" do you mean a publisher of ebooks...or a publisher you found online? If you want solid information you'd be better off by making a post, naming the publisher you're considering, on our Bewares and Background Checks board. Folks there will offer what information they can.

Generally speaking, you want a publisher that pays an advance, royalties based on cover price, and who can get your books into bookstores - not just make them "available" via online venues.

Good luck.

psushadow
06-21-2005, 09:19 PM
eraser,

thanks for the info. Yes, I meant e-publisher.

aka eraser
06-21-2005, 09:37 PM
In that case psushadow I'm going to shuffle this thread to the POD Self-Publishing and E-Publishing board. You should be able to get more info there.