Cognella may first publish your book as a preliminary (or closed-class) edition. Preliminary editions allow us to publish an initial version of your book quickly, providing you material to use in your course, the opportunity to class-test the content of your book, and additional time for you to perfect your manuscript prior to a national release. Because a preliminary edition is meant to be class-tested, it will be available for purchase only by your students. While your book is class-tested, you’ll work with your editor to fine tune copy, finalize content, and put the finishing touches on your book so it can move to a first edition printing.
The preliminary edition cover will be a clean, simple, Cognella-branded cover that is easily recognizable as a class-test version. You and your Cognella cover designer will use the preliminary edition cover as a starting point for the development of your first edition cover. To learn more about the Cognella cover design process, peruse Quick Guide: Cover Design.
Because a preliminary edition is a work in progress, some of the key features of the text may not be finalized for this printing. For example, your preliminary edition may not feature the final title of your book, complete promotional copy, full-scale interior book design, or other details. There will be plenty of time to finalize these features as you and your editor work together to prepare your first edition.