A character in my book is a shamed figure, formerly adored on a 'celebrity' status by the public. He is approached to write a book of memoirs after a chance meeting with an old connection who now runs their own book publishing company. I am very much unfamiliar with how independent publishing companies operate. Firstly, if a publisher approaches a person to write a book, does the publisher offer money before the work is completed? Or do they offer a percentage in sales? What is the incentive? Given currently that most celebrities that have autobiographies are reality TV personalities with not much common sense - how much help do they get with writing their 'own words'? And is this help given with or without consent from the origional author? When the publishing company has the finished book, how do they ensure that it reaches shelves in stores? If anyone has any further insightful information on this subject, I would appreciate reading about it. I am researching this subject in various avenues. I understand that a lot of people on here may have experience with independent companies. Many thankings.