By Henry DeVries, CEO of Indie Books Intl.
Publishing quotes come in three flavors: ghostwriting a book, editing a book, and publishing a book.
An important piece of information is how long will the book be? In publishing this is determined by word count. The minimum is 10,000 words. Most business books are what are called airplane reads, which means about 20,000 words (you can skim read the book on an airplane trip). A more comprehensive business book, such as my books How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett or Closing America’s Job Gap, are closer to 50,000 words.
Indie publishers will also want to know such things as will the book have color illustrations or photography, and will be a hardback or trade paperback. The assumption is the author will also want an ebook in a variety of formats including Kindle, Nook, and iBook.