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05/14/2020

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Malcolm

What I have heard (in thinking about this question myself and talking with editors) is that to publish a trade non-fiction book, which is what this person is asking about, usually requires an agent and a very focused proposal, to that agent, who sends it on. There are books dedicated to this process, like Thinking Like Your Editor (https://wwnorton.com/books/Thinking-Like-Your-Editor/) which I've had recommended by some editors. One could also hire a developmental editor to help with the process.

It involves a good sense of what one's audience is, and why the book you're writing is one they would read AND buy. Just wanting to write a "book on philosophy" without an idea of its argument and why it's important is definitely not enough.

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