I am still a long way from having my work published, because I am in the very early stages of writing my dissertation in the humanities, so you might think I don't need to be reading this yet. However, I am glad I did. The author answered a lot of questions I had, and some of them that I didn't realize I ought to be asking! To be honest, I wish I could have seen a copy of it when I was an undergraduate. Some of the advice in here is useful for students as well (chapters 1, 2, 3, and 10).
Chapter 1: The Publishing Partnership
This too-short-chapter discusses the publisher/author perspectives and offers advice on the kind of books the author should have close at hand.
Chapter 2: Journal Articles
This chapter is full of helpful advice that is not restricted to writing for journals ("Even if you are deaf to the beauty of language, you can be accurate"). Good for paper writing in classes and conference presentations as well.
Chapter 3: Revising a Dissertation
This is probably the most relevant chapter for me, and I had high expectations. The author does not dissappoint with her advice. The chapter was too short, though.
Chapter 4: Finding a Publisher
In the first part of the chapter she gives a clear and concise overview of the publishing world. This is definitely worth reading for graduate students interested in who is publishing the books on their shelves. Some day the second part of the chapter addressing communication between publisher and author will come in handy!
Chapter 5: Working With Your Publisher
Great stuff. I don't need it now, but I have marked it for re-reading in the future when I am talking with publishers about contracts.
Chapter 6: Multiauthor Books and Anthologies
Same as Chapter 5. Something to look at if I ever get involved in such a project. Incredibly detailed advice that gives insight into the publisher's perspective.
Chapter 7: Finding a Publisher for the College Textbook,
and Chapter 8: Working with Your Textbook Publisher
A publication that might actually make money! Sounds exciting, but as the author shows, not a task to take on lightly.
Chapter 9: Books for General Readers
Difficult, but rewarding, and as the author suggests, something that might be more appropriate for those with established careers.
Chapter 10: The Mechanics of Authorship
Detailed advice that I am glad I read before I am very far in the process of writing my dissertation. If you plan to have illustrations, artwork, and so forth then this chapter is definitely worth a look.
Chapter 11: Costs and Prices
I didn't need to read this chapter to write and publish. Nevertheless, it is fascinating information that I haven't seen discussed anywhere else.
Chapter 12: Born Digital
There is a lot of exciting work being done beyond the confines of the printed page. I would have thought that a publisher becomes superfluous when we are talking about digital archives and other alternative formats. However, after reading this I could see why they remain a crucial part of the process.
This is extensive and full of materials that may provide aid to authors.