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The Insider's Guide to Book Publishing Success 1st Edition

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About the Author

Kampmann is also the author of Tree of Life and The Book Publisher's Handbook. He received an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a graduate degree in English at Stony Brook. Kampmann has worked in book publishing since 1970, and has taught at several universities, including Harvard, Columbia, New York University, and Hofstra. He has also led many Bible studies.



Margot Atwell has worked in publishing since 2003. She is also a freelance editor and book reviewer, and has written for publications such as Publishers Weekly, Publishing Perspectives, Moviefone, Five on Five, and Derbylife. She is a graduate of Smith College, where she founded and edited Labrys, a journal of art and literature.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1 edition (February 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825306876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825306877
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,083,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was recently sent a copy of The Insider's Guide to Book Publishing Success and I have to say, I was skeptical. In the last two years I've read approximately 15-20 books on the writing, publishing, or marketing of books, so I was doubtful this one would have any new information in it. I was wrong, however, which was exciting, but there were definitely pluses and minuses about the book.

Pros: The book has an extremely detailed, step-by-step explanation of the publishing process from the nitty-gritty of formatting the manuscript to the lingo regarding the binding of books, all the way through marketing the title. It's information that is useful to have, even for someone hoping to go the traditional route, just to get a better idea of why it takes a year or more from the publisher's acceptance to your book on the shelf. Obviously, the information is even more pertinent for an author wanting to go the self-publishing route, since it describes the team that needs to be assembled to produce/champion the book, and the realities of publishing.

Cons: The major con of this book is that it suffers from a split personality--it seems like the writers didn't have a very delineated audience in mind. The description on the back of the book states:

"The publishing industry is changing rapidly, and there are more options for authors than ever before. Should you find an agent and search for a traditional publishing deal or consider self-publishing? Should you print hardcover copies or opt for an ebook-only launch? Should you hire a publicist? This easy-to-read, nuts-and-bolts guide covers everything from what to look for in a contract to how many copies to print."

Therefore, I was expecting a book directed at authors.
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This little book packs a wallop, especially for authors bent on publishing their first book. The authors dissect the world of publishing into its major components of choosing a publishing strategy, the editorial process, design, printing, sales and distribution, and marketing and publicity. I was asked to review it by Beaufort Books because I have reviewed others in this category.

The Introduction begins, "Many authors think that writing their book is the hardest thing they've ever done. Then they try to publish it." This book makes it clear that authors would do well to focus as much effort on publishing as on writing. In fact, reading this book before or while writing is a good idea to save time and better plan the marketing campaign, editorial scheduling and other required aspects of getting a book to market with the maximum likelihood of delivering sales at a profit. The marketing section is particularly good. There is some discussion of ebook publishing both in its own right as a primary channel and as a market testing tool. This is complimentary to recent books on Kindle publishing that contain additional ideas and analytical tools to measure ebook market acceptance.

At first, I found myself in agreement with another reviewer who questions the intended audience. The main body of the book is focused on authors themselves, while the financial tips section, later in the book, addresses independent publishers. On further thought, it is clear that any author who uses a publishing route other than traditional, which likely includes the majority of all authors, is in fact an independent publisher, to some degree at least.
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Eric Kampmann is one of the most knowledgeable people in publishing today. In this book he gives an excellent overview with specific action items for the seven major aspects of book publishing. He takes the reader through the process from writing the manuscript, choosing the best publishing method for your goals, budgeting, marketing and understanding the finances. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to approach their book-publishing and book-selling efforts as a profit-making business.
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This book is relatively short and a pretty easy read, but has a lot of valuable information. If you are considering publishing your book and regardless of which avenue, traditional or otherwise you are considering choosing, this book will have merit for you. I was particularly impressed that there was an explanation about how publishers and authors can make use of advanced reading copies and e-galleys. I feel that this is not known to many who first try their hand at publishing, and think it is an important part of the overall process.

The information in this guide is arranged in a simple, straightforward way. It is easy to find the sections that interest you the most so that you can reread them quickly. I appreciated that this book breaks down every part of publishing and spends a good amount of time on marketing and different strategies authors can use to promote their work.

There are also some encouraging stories of success included toward the end. If you are wondering about what will happen after you have written your book and how to take the next step, this guide will assist you in what options are available and how to begin.

Overall I thought this was well written, interesting and helpful. I would recommend it to small publishing houses and individual authors.
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