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MECO6944: Manuscript Acquisition and Development

Students will acquire skills in manuscript assessment, the process of acquiring books, scheduling and budgeting, writing readers reports, structural editing and managing the dynamics of the author/publisher and agent/publisher relationships.

Code MECO6944
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand how books are commissioned and acquired and the impact of editorial decisions on publishing budgets and schedules
  • LO2. assess market conditions and other external considerations with regard to the viability of publishing projects
  • LO3. develop structural editorial skills in children's books, fiction books and non-fiction books
  • LO4. establish and maintain constructive relationships with agents
  • LO5. establish and maintain constructive relationships with authors
  • LO6. assess manuscripts and develop skills in writing reader’s reports and structural editorial reports
  • LO7. understand the principles of copyright, permissions, libel and defamation and cultural appropriation
  • LO8. prepare and deliver a publishing proposal for a mock acquisitions meeting including a basic P&L
  • LO9. understand diversity principles with regard to publishing acquisitions

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.