Much later, as I faced the prospect of cutting 40,000 words from my "final manuscript," I wished I had paid more attention to the contractual word limit, which (unlike the delivery date) was enforced. On the other hand, the cutting process undoubtedly made the book more readable and less expensive.
What do you wish you had known when you were negotiating your first book contract? How, in your experience, has the publishing landscape changed in recent years?
There is a lot of published and unpublished advice out there about the ins and outs of publishing. Readers of this blog have recommended William Germano's Getting It Published, which is excerpted here. For earlier posts in this series, see Part I: "Revising" the Dissertation, Part II: Archival Research, and Part III: The Book Proposal.