When you sign a book deal with a traditional publisher, you give up your rights to your work–and unfortunately that can lead to some drastic changes to your manuscript. The publisher can choose to remove entire sections of your book or reorganize the materials. These changes will typically be sent to you for “approval,” but don’t kid yourself if you think your vote always counts!
This also means that the publisher can change the title of your book, something that happens more often that you might realize. And that new title might be better or worse. In many cases that I’ve seen, the new title has been a lousy choice. And even when the author disagrees, the publisher moves forward with its own agenda.
So if you’re ready to give up control and let the publisher take over, then by all means, go get yourself a book deal!