and the more I see of this publisher's model online, and how he is publishing other books, the less I like it, and the less enthusiastic I am to sign his contract. In the meantime, without a signed contract, which is still being finished and negotiated by my agent, the publisher is working with me on editing, proofing and designing the book - assuming the contract will be signed. And for all I know, he might be trying to set it up for printing or rushing out as an e-book. I feel rushed and disillusioned and at this point am not inclined to sign any contract. My agent agrees. Without a signed contract between us, can a publisher say he has 'done work' on the book already and is thus entitled to publish it anyway? Author and Publisher both in NYC. Thanks for sharing any advice.