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How to Get Happily Published Paperback – April 8, 1998
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In addition to providing a mini-course on editors and agents and submissions and funding--peppered with revealing anecdotes from the front lines--Appelbaum offers information less frequently found in books of this sort. For one, she emphasizes the importance of taking publicity for your book or article into your own hands (and she has savvy advice on how to do so without alienating your publisher's publicity department). She also makes a very strong case for self- publishing--not to be confused with using a vanity press--and then tells you how to go about it. And finally, her annotated resource guide to books, Web sites, periodicals, courses, organizations, and more--stretching to over 120 pages--is astounding. That's right. Astounding. --Jane Steinberg
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When I got to the final section of the book I was amazed. She has 120 pages listing every conceivable resource for writers organized into the five main sections of her book: where to find material for writing and advice on how to write well and connect with writers' support groups; connecting with people of influence and negotiating the best deal with the publisher; the follow-through needed to make your book successful; help with self-publishing when you choose to go it alone; and how to earn more money as a writer. She lists the books, web sites, other publications and contacts for each of these topics, and comments on each resource. This is truly an incredible aid to the aspiring author, and must come from a deep well of experience that Ms. Appelbaum possesses.
The book addresses the needs of both fiction and non-fiction writers.
addresses, and contact information so you can actually find
out the nuts-and-bolts of how to get published. I found the
comprehensive resource section in the back of the book to be
the most helpful portion of the book over the long term -
the resource section alone is almost 80 pages long and
includes relevant books, periodicals,organizations,
conferences, schools, advisers, and experts.
I've had this book for over three years and have referred to
it many times. It was interesting to read the first time
around, as well as serving as a needed reference since
then. The author's advice is readily usable at any stage
of the writing/seeking publication process.
I wish that I had Judith's book before mine came out. It would have helped me realize how important self-promotion is. If you have been published and are sitting in your rocking chair waiting for your publisher to do all the work, Judith's book is the dynamite that will blast you into action. What is even more important is that she gives you practical ideas to follow.
The best thing about HTGHP is that it provides an overview of the publication process from idea to paycheck. Appelbaum also includes strong sections on how to submit to publishers, how to promote your own book, and how authors can generate money through spinoffs oftheir work (books on audiotape, TV scripts, lecturing, etc.). She also provides an interesting (but sobering) discussion of why most books fail to sell. (The publishing industry, like the movie industry, relies on a small number of blockbusters to generate its profits). After reading HTGHP, I am much better informed about the challenges facing authors.
Unfortunately, there are many drawbacks to this book as well. In attempting to craft a book that covers all aspects of the publishing process, Appelbaum has sacrificed too much depth. The lack of focus hurts HTGHP; while most of the pages turn with ease, there are several "dead spots" in the book. For instance, Appelbaum's advice on how to write is brief and unoriginal. She also lost my interest in her discussion of the printing process.
Potential readers, moreover, should be aware that Appelbaum devotes many pages to self-publishing options. Those who want to find a traditional publisher obviously won't have much interest in these sections.
In the end, I recommend HTGHP as a good place for aspiring authors to start. Writers who want detailed advice, however, will need to consult other sources.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty thorough book and even encourages you to write. It was recommended to me by a famous author. I figured if it worked for her than it might work for me.Published 22 months ago by Hannah Dalton
I don't need to say much about a book that's sold over 700,000 copies. Full of good information. If you're a writer you definitely need this in your reference library.Published on February 7, 2013 by StarLine
This book is really for an author wanting to write a book and get published, as in self-published, so you do not have to just wait for a big publisher (or I should say, hopefully... Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Ryland Hawkins
This publication was recommended to me by a friend, who has now twice been published. It was a very easy read, well laid out in chronology and relative subject. Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Maria H.
I read this book recently, and I would like to say Judith Appelbaum should update it as a lot of things have happened in the world of self publishing since 1998. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Birdie
One of the ultimate guides to the publishing industry, this book has helped and will help thousands of writers retain their sanity through the stressful process of being published. Read morePublished on July 24, 2009 by Marion Gropen
This book is great for authors who want to be involved in the publishing process for their books. It really opened my eyes to self publishing and also to looking at multiple ways... Read morePublished on June 28, 2009 by Karen Whittaker
I read this book years ago when I was a freelancer. One of the most helpful things to me then was Appelbaum saying that acquisitions editors WANT to find work to publish. Read morePublished on October 22, 2008 by Cheryl Miller Thurston