When selecting a publisher for your manuscript, don't leap before you look. Most authors are so happy to find a publisher interested in their proposal that they accept the first offer that comes along and sign the standard publisher's contract. After all, if it's standard, then contracts from all publishers must be alike. Not so. All contracts are negotiable. Not only do you need to do your homework before accepting any publisher's offer, you need to do your homework before you ever submit a proposal to a publisher.
Before choosing a publisher: