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"Working with Sabrina has really opened my eyes about what is expected of the beginning author in the writing industry. As a novice writer trying to get published for the first time, Sabrina's savy and real-world instruction techniques have helped me understand the requirements of getting the publicity I need while avoiding the scams and dead ends that can catch the naive story teller off guard and kill a book before it gets printed. --Brett Beyer

About the Author

Sabrina Sumsion has spend the last 5 years focusing on assisting authors with gaining publicity. She travels the nation giving presentations on various topics ranging from publicity to autism. Sabrina is a proud wife and mother of three. Her hobbies include web design, music, dancing and handwork. Her goal is to educate every potential author in the nation about publishing traps.

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  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Sanguine Publishing; 1 edition (April 5, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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I'm a ninja disguised as a homeschooling mom, former literary publicist, craft-aholic and all around reading diva. Really, I kick down doors -no, wait, that was my husband when I locked us out of the house . . . Well, I engage in combat on a regular basis -online when I play MMORPGs with my children . . . OK, maybe I'm not a real ninja but my husband says I stole his heart. Does that count? No? Shoot.

Well, I love reading and I love writing. I think imagination is the biggest advantage a child can get in life and I try to allow my children many opportunities to expand theirs every day.

I love teaching authors how to avoid publishing traps and scams as well as how to market themselves and their works. Some of the biggest honors of my life are the times I've been asked to present to writers groups across the nation. There is nothing better in life than giving someone information that helps them become successful.

I also take a few hours each week and create jewelry, make lotions or paint something. I have little creation stations scattered through the house. My daughter gets into it a lot and scatters things which drives my husband crazy but remember how I mentioned that he says I stole his heart? Yeah. I'm not giving it back. He's stuck with me forever. Bwah ha ha ha!

Want to know more about me? Visit my website at or send me an email at

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Sasse on July 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
There's a famous quote by Jules Renard: "Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money." Too often, the reason so many writers don't become successful is not due to laziness or a lack of talent; rather, it's because they don't learn about their market and how it works. And a writer who learns his or her craft and remains ignorant of the market is like a tennis player with a great forehand and no backhand. You're just not going to win any matches if every backhand that you hit goes into the net.

"Produce, Publish, Publicize" is the map for publishing minefield. Sabrina Sumsion shares practical, real-world publishing knowledge. She shows you how to prepare a manuscript for submission, how to deal with agents, publishers, and bookstores. Most importantly, she shows you how to avoid the big mistakes that can cost you serious money and, just as important, cost you valuable time.

The book is full of useful advice, including how to find the right people to help you, what questions to ask, and what answers to expect. (A good consultant must know what questions to ask as well as knowing the answers.) She's even waded through hundreds of publishing Web sites and lists the ones with the best information.

The thing I like most about the book is the section where she shows you how to publicize your work: how to write a "hook" to attract media attention, how to write an effective query letter, how plan a book signing. She shares solid methodology and even includes checklists. Even non-writers will find some of the publicity methods useful for promoting businesses and events.
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Other than being rich, writing and publishing a book may be the most widely held fantasy/goal that people have. Sumsion claims that 83% of the American adult population has this goal and while my experience is only anecdotal, it does reinforce this claim. Writing a book of sufficient quality is a very hard task, but one that everyone has a basic understanding of. What few people understand is the process of getting the pride that is expressed as a manuscript into the final print form of a book.
Sumsion is a publicist that works to get books into the collective mind of the public. She offers her insights and tactics that can be used to generate the necessary interest for publishers to want to publish a manuscript. Other publication avenues such as e-books and the vanity press are also covered. The advice is sound and also realistic as Sumsion repeatedly mentions that expectations must be kept within reason. It is a natural thing for someone that has spent the enormous time and effort to create a manuscript to believe that it is a legitimate candidate for bestseller. As she so rightly points out, even the best publicist cannot turn a poor quality book into a money-minting phenomenon. Ultimately, the sales of a book will be determined by the quality of the prose.
When asked about writing a book my common reaction based on my experience is to say, "You do not write a book, you survive its' creation." Creating a book is a very difficult and exhausting process and once you are done, you are the best marketing tool you have. Selling the book to a publisher and then to the potential readership is the next step and it is fraught with many pitfalls. Starting with the creation of the manuscript Sumsion explains some of the best ways to do these things, making the reading of this book an important step in the process of a relatively unknown author getting a book into print.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Perera on August 10, 2012
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This is a comprehensive book about writing and publishing your own book. Obviously, there are many books on this subject, but I particularly like this one because Sumsion goes into the publishing process - especially print publishing - in depth.

She starts by grouping authors into three categories: best-seller hopefuls, make-a-buck authors, and writers for posterity (Most experts and thought leaders fall into the middle category, although they probably won't like the term "make a buck"!) Throughout the book, she breaks down her advice into specific points for each of these categories, which is very useful for readers.

The book is in three parts: writing, publishing and publicity. The first section is the shortest, but that doesn't matter because there are plenty of other resources about how to write well.

The other two sections are longer, and very valuable because they do offer advice and insights you won't easily find elsewhere. For example, in the publishing section, Sumsion talks about how to find an agent, how to work with distributors, and how to avoid publishing scams. Similarly, the publicity section is not just about promoting the book yourself (although that is covered in detail as well; it's also about working with a publicist.

All in all, this is an excellent book if you're interested in getting published.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mallory Heart Reviews on May 12, 2012
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Sabrina Sumsion is a published author and career literary publicist who has worked with many authors to help in fulfilling their writing and publishing dreams. In "Produce, Publish, Promote," Ms. Sumsion breaks down the mass of potential writers into three groups (those who wish to be bestsellers, those who are sharing an idea and who probably rely on a separate income stream, and those who write primarily to leave a legacy to their posterity. She then explains the various publishing venues and necessary steps as these apply to each individual writer category. Additionally the narrative divides into the three aspects: writing; publishing; publicity, with useful chapters on anything a writer (potential, active, or ready-to-publish) could need to know. Author Sumsion's goal throughout is to help-to guide writers in the direction right for their dreams and situations, and to help writers avoid losing money, paying money unnecessarily, and falling into debt due to publishing scammers. This is an incredibly useful handbook, sure to be of help to both unpublished writers such as myself, and those who have already ventured into the ocean of publishing without this guide.
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