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Young to Publishing Conference 2011 attendees from AAP Member companies

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Getting Published

Industry statistics and AAP Publications

AAP Members and other publishers

Publishing industry careers and opportunities

Public relations

Public service

Stack of books in a gardenGetting published

  • Can AAP publish my book?

No. AAP is not a publishing house. We are a trade association representing the priorities of America's publishing organizations in policy, legislative and regulatory issues. Any book pitch or draft sent to an AAP email address is immediately deleted without being read.

  • Can AAP help me find a publisher?

We are unable to recommend a publisher or forward manuscripts or book ideas to publishers. Unfortunately, several unaffiliated organizations and websites continue to claim AAP is a publisher referral service for the general public, which is untrue. We encourage you to contact any outlet that provided you with this incorrect information.

What advice can you give me?

There are numerous independent resources to help authors understand the publishing process and find leads on contacts. Among them:

Industry statistics and AAP Publications

  • What industry statistics do you produce?

AAP produces a number of popular, well-respected reports that examine the US publishing industry, with data provided by Member organizations. Non-members can purchase one or more reports; for more information about availability and pricing, contact info@publishers.org These include:

AAP StatShot - Effective with the January 2012 edition, AAP redesigned its longstanding monthly net sales revenue report. StatShot features new methodology focusing on all publishing sectors, categories and both print and e-formats; participation also expanded to nearly 1200 publishing houses.

AAP Export Sales Report - This year, AAP introduced a new annual report tracking net sales revenue and net units of US titles worldwide, including all regions and both print and e-formats.

BookStats - In 2011, AAP partnered with the Book Industry Study Group to co-produce a new annual survey capturing the size and scope of US publishing. BookStats covers all sectors, content categories, formats and sales distribution channels through both net sales revenue and net units. It quickly established itself as the definitive report of its kind. BookStats 2012 will be released in the Summer and will be available in two forms: an in-depth Executive Summary and an interactive, customizable and searchable digital dashboard. The most current report begins here.

AAP distributes highlights of all reports to members of the news media who actively cover publishing. For more information, contact info@publishers.org AAP also posts many highlights in the Media Center

  • Where are the monthly revenue reports?

In 2011, as part of the rollout of StatShot, we stopped posting the narrower older-format reports and removed outdated editions from the website. These reports continued to be produced and distributed to AAP Members and non-member subscribers until the relaunched monthly was introduced.

  • What other publications and reports do you produce and make available?

AAP produces a number of exclusive white papers, policy backgrounders, analyses and other resources for Members. More information about AAP Membership is here.

We also curate various industry and independent reports we find interesting and post them in our Resources section

We do not accept third-party material for our publications.

AAP Members and other publishers

  • How can I contact AAP Members?

AAP has a complete list on the Members section of the website. Most of these link directly to the Member organizations' corporate homepages. We do not sell Member contact lists or forward third-party promotional or sales offers to Members.

  • How can I find the rights-holder for a published work?

AAP does not provide a rights-holder search service. A good starting point for such research is the Copyright Clearance Center.

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Publishing industry careers and opportunities

  • How can I find a job in publishing?

As a service to Member publishing organizations with job openings, AAP maintains the BookJobs.com site. This web portal provides listings for opportunities in editorial, research, marketing, digital, corporate and other functions. If you're interested in working in publishing, check it often!

AAP does not forward resumes to Members.

  • Can I attend conferences and other AAP-produced events?

Some AAP events are exclusive to Members but others permit a limited number of outside attendees. Please check each listing in our Events schedule for specific details, availability and non-member rates.

Public relations

  • I'm a member of the media; how do I contact AAP?

Please get in touch with the appropriate person on our Contact page. If you're on a deadline or it's afterhours, we encourage you to email for fastest response.

  • I'm not a member of the media; how do I contact AAP?

info@publishers.org is our email address for general questions; it's read and addressed several times a day. Please note that if your question is already answered in this FAQ, you will not get a reply.

  • Do you have a speaker for our group?

We can provide speakers from within our organization and help you get in touch with the appropriate AAP Members. Please send details to info@publishers.org.

Public service

  • Do you donate books?

Many Member publishing houses donate books to non-profit organizations. AAP manages this initiative.

For consideration, you must be a non-profit and have documentation as proof. While each request will be individually considered, donations are generally based on the type of project or event you are producing, availability of books and deadlines.

  • Can you make a financial or other in-kind contribution to our event?

AAP is unable to make financial donations to third-party activities. We do, however, collaborate with the American Library Association to produce resources for community public libraries that encourage literacy and the joy of reading. If you are partnering with your local library, we suggest you ask the librarian there to see what AAP/ALA materials and services are available.