A threefold business


The publisher’s job entails identifying talent and helping it to flourish, whether it’s a question of selecting a manuscript from the multitude proposed (particularly in France), spotting an agent’s proposal (in English-speaking markets), or bringing a book into being – either the work of a single author or a collaborative project combining the expertise of writers and authors, illustrators, photographers and researchers. By investing in the creative process, the publisher supports the creators, enabling them to devote themselves freely to their works and helping their careers to flourish. Lastly, publishing is also about enhancing the book’s visibility, which means promoting it and distributing it so that it reaches readers. Whether, at the end of this painstaking process, the result is published in the form of a printed book or an ebook, the publishing industry relies on the same irreplaceable know-how.