Publishing Word of the Day: Acquisitions

6 Feb


The process by which book projects are found and initiated.

(From the forthcoming TSTC Publishing Glossary.)

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(First of all, for those of you looking for our Q&A with TSTC Publishing author Ken Scheler, you may go to it directly here.)

In general, there are three kinds of book publishing editors: acquisitions editors, developmental editors, and prepress editors. The first finds book projects, the second works with authors to put their manuscripts together, and the last deals with the final formatting and style issues before going to print.

Over the next three weeks I’ll be working on my own and with Christopher Wilson, our editor, to acquire more book projects to put into production. We have a full production schedule right now, but the key thing is to make sure that there is always plenty more work lined up to start on once we’re three to six months (or more) down the road.

To that end, I’ll be spending the last part of this week out at TSTC West Texas—this encompasses Sweetwater, Abilene, and the surrounding areas—talking to folks about different potential projects. Next week I’ll be spending most of my time in South Texas at TSTC Harlingen to see about putting together some more projects while, at the same time, meeting with people who are already working on books in progress.

Then, week after next, Christopher and I will be attending the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) in Austin, Texas. This is the first time we’ve had a booth in the exhibit hall there and we’ll be promoting the books we’ve already published in addition to looking for more projects. This is something we are particularly excited about. That is, up to this point most of our authors have come from within the TSTC System; however, that is ultimately a limited pool of writers to draw from so we’re eager to begin working with faculty outside of TSTC as well.

Finally, if anyone at TSTC West Texas or TSTC Harlingen is reading this and would like to talk this week or next about book projects, feel free to drop me a line at and I’ll be happy to set up a meeting.


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