Episode 7: The Acquisitions Meeting

What happens once an editor at a publishing house has a book on submission that they want to buy? What are the steps that they need to take between that and making an offer?

At many publishing houses, the procedure is to present the book at an Acquisition Meeting — a meeting with a lot of different people from the publisher so they can all put their heads together and figure out if the book will work for the publishing house. Today, we take an extensive look into this infrequently-discussed part of the publishing process with Andrew Eliopulos, a Senior Editor from Harper Collins Children’s Books.

Who comes to these meetings? How hard is it to get them to get excited about comics? What sort of things do make people at these meetings enthusiastic about graphic novels? Listen on and find out!

Alison Wilgus is a writer, editor and cartoonist; her comics have been published by First Second, Dark Horse, DC, Del Rey and Nickelodeon Magazine, and she’s currently working on a graphic novel duology with Tor.

Gina Gagliano is the Publishing Director of Random House Graphic, Random House’s dedicated imprint for comics for kids and teens, and has worked with organizations like the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the Toronto Comics Art Festival to coordinate programming and media.

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