ABSTRACT: Publishing your first book is both exciting and daunting. It takes a lot of work (and time) to research and write the thing in the first place, not to mention developmentally edit and copyedit it, write the book proposal, incorporate peer reviewer comments, and figure out a marketing strategy to get it into the hands of the audiences you want to reach. Working with the right publisher can make all the difference though. So how do you know which publisher is the best fit for your first book? Here is some guidance on how to identify the presses that can best help your first book to shine.