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According to Judith Appelbaum, author of How to Get Happily Published, "it is largely within your power to determine whether your work will get published and whether the public will buy it once it's released." Anyone who has had a manuscript boomerang back from every publisher who sees it (or a book remaindered mere months after publication) may view this assertion with some amount of skepticism. But, as Appelbaum says, "hardly anybody treats getting published as if it were a rational, manageable activity," and it's hard to argue with that.
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
"Among the many books of advice, the best is How to Get Happily Published." -- -- Money
"Everything every writer needs to know." -- Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means
"Helped me write 20 books for publishers large and small and start my own publishing company!" -- Lisa Rogak Shaw, Williams Hill Publishing
"I fell in love with How to Get Happily Published. I keep it near me as my bible/companion/positive reinforcement. By following its suggestions, believing in myself and never giving up, I am getting my stories published." -- Richard C. Nacy, bookstore chain community relations coordinator
"I recommend this industry classic to writers all the time for its practical, common-sense guidance." -- William Shinker, President and Publisher, Broadway Books/Bantam Doubleday Dell
"Invaluable . . . Explains in detail the steps authors can take to drum up excitement, interest, and an audience for their books." -- -- Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale
"Invaluable ... explains in detail the steps authors can take to drum up excitement, interest and an audience for their books without feeling the least embarrassed." -- Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale
"Judith Appelbaum helps demystify the publishing process and book industry in this latest edition of her popular how-to book. The book addresses subjects of interest to all writers including writing courses and other writing aids, agents, where to submit a manuscript, how to submit a manuscript, comparing different contract offers, how books are marketed, book promotion and self-publishing. The book also includes an impressive collection of publishing and writing resources including books, periodicals, organizations and websites.
A practical guide, How to Get Happily Published provides writers with the information they need. The book eliminates some of the trial and error process writers would normally go through in their publishing journey by telling them what to expect and how to do it right from the get go. In addition, the book provides insight into the quirks of the publishing world. This information-packed book is an invaluable tool ..." How to Get Happily Published tells writers "what to expect and how to do it right from the get go." -- Writers Write: The Internet Writing Journal
"Most helpful to me when I needed to understand the publishing process." -- M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled
"Most helpful to me when I needed to understand the publishing business." -- -- M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled
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 18 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
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