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How to Get Your e-Book Published: An Insider's Guide to the World of Electronic Publishing Paperback – January, 2001

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The Internet and the World Wide Web gave birth to digital publishing as we know it today an industry still in its "drooling infancy," according to Curtis and Quick. In a witty, chummy sometimes corny style, Curtis, a literary agent turned online publisher, and Quick, a self-described computer geek and science fiction author, deliver an impressively thorough and up-to-date operations manual for writers who want to navigate the world of electronic publishing. Writers who shrink from anything remotely technological will be pleased to find that they can follow a discussion of the ins and outs of the various HTML editors, for example, distilled into clear, relevant and practical explanations. But the best feature of this book is that it explores thoroughly issues that are larger than the dauntingly large technological ones. Curtis and Quick expound upon the developing area of digital rights management that writers who e-publish will have to contend with. How do authors protect their copyright when the ability to make an infinite number of copies or, worse, to change the original composition is only a mouse-click away? Much about digital publishing is yet to be resolved, but Curtis and Quick present an articulate, reasoned contribution to the revolution. Writer's Digest Book Club main selection. (Feb.)Forecast: The book's gung-ho tone may seem misplaced in light of the folding of iPublish and other major e-publishers. But the tactic of going with smaller e-houses or self-publishing, both covered here, will appeal to many aspiring authors.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Richard Curtis is the owner of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc., a leading New York literary agency. He is the author of a number of books on writing and publishing. In 1998 he formed E-Rights/E-Reads, Ltd., an online publisher, retailer and electronic rights clearing house. Curtis is a recogrized e-publishing expert, author's rights advocate and speaker at seminars and conferences nationwide. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582970955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582970950
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,081,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is meant to be a tool. As such, I'm grading it harshly -- if you find it at the library, by all means read it, but if you feel compelled to buy it, I hope that you don't pay more than a dollar or two.

My copy was sitting on my shelf for more than two years before I got around to reading it, because I quickly found all the info I needed on the Internet, back around 2001, & I bookmarked many of the sites I found to keep myself updated.

I'm an editor & a writer, so I fault this book on a few technical levels that might never occur to most readers. The first thing that leapt at me is that it's an awkward combination of "type in this incredibly long URL" clashing with "there's this new invention called the Internet."

Though first published in 2002, it feels like a collection of disjoint articles from maybe 1999 with post-hoc connectivity. The e-book phenomenon is a fast-changing fragment of two fast-changing industries, publishing & e-commerce. Given those factors alone, half the advice you give on something like e-publishing will be aging badly in a year.

And let's look at what businesspeople call "proof of concept." Richard Curtis appears to have all of three titles listed on Amazon.com -- NONE of them available as an e-book. As a reviewer, that makes me question whether making an e-book is as easy (or profitable) as the authors claim. If Curtis can't get an e-book onto Amazon.com between 2002 & (to be fair) late 2005, what hope does anyone else have? He's not only a proven how-to author, but a respected literary agent.

As for co-author William Quick, who's held up throughout the text as an example of a published author whose out-of-print titles benefit so richly from the "e-book revolution," I find seven other books on Amazon.
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Format: Paperback
In the last several months, I have borrowed and read just about every book on traditional, print, and self-publishing that I could find at my local library. Being a self-published author and freelance writer (read: starving artist), I prefer to check out a book for free before actually shelling out money for it. As of yet, I STILL haven't found a publishing book that's actually worth purchasing. Not only are most poorly written and out-of-date, but none of those carried by my library focused on ePublishing, my main area of interest.

Needless to say, I was ecstatic to find one (one!) ePublishing book on my library's shelves after months of looking. After reading "How to Get Your eBook Published," my elation turned to disappointment. While the authors' writing is more mature and organized than many of their peer's, the content in "How to Get Your eBook Published" leaves much to be desired.

Curtis and Quick's main error is in trying to cover EVERY aspect of ePublishing, from the basics of the Internet to promoting eBooks. The book's text runs about 260 pages, and the content is divided into 49 (yes, you heard me right - FORTY-NINE!) chapters. Consequently, each topic garners between two to six pages of coverage. Although the authors do manage to broach a number of subjects, each is discussed only superficially. Those with any modicum of experience in publishing, promotions, marketing, or the Internet will find the material rudimentary. Only those who are complete newbies to the `Net and/or publishing will find this book even remotely helpful.

For those who expect more in-depth information, the authors point you towards other resources that you can consult. Many of these are books, which I find somewhat insulting.
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Format: Paperback
A good all around beginner's guide, touching an about every subject from the Internet to HTML, from copyrights to vanity publishing. That's why there are 49 chapters with some only 2 pages long. But there are many references to additional information when something peaks your interest and you want to learn more.
If you are at all knowledgeable about on-line communications, websites, HTML and domain names it will be very rudimentary. But if you use it as a reference book, using the index and then looking up the URLs and book references cited, it's a good guide.
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How To Get Your E-Book Published covers a lot of material - some in-depth (some regrettably not) - and brings up a lot of things I wouldn't have thought of, and haven't seen covered in other e-publishing books. In the body of the book the authors list tons of helpful web links and recommended books. I bought a copy of this book (after originally reading a library copy) largely for this info alone.
The book does, however, have some curious shortcomings. For example, though the authors devote dozens of pages to marginally helpful subjects like the history of e-publishing and writer's agents, they completely skip much more useful information. There is, for example, nothing on how to copyright your work (except to list the website of the U.S. Copyright Office - buried in the back of book). And after having packed the book with so many links and book recommendations, the authors fail to compile these all into a more easily referenced format in the surprisingly scanty "Resources" section at the end of the book.
But overall this book is a valid addition to the library of any author (or potential author) considering e-publishing their work.
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