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"An excellent guide for any writer who would understand how to work effectively with a publisher or editor. It not only covers the basics of good writing and good marketing, but also provides some `terrible truths' about publishing and marketing, and educates writers on the publishing business as a whole." -- The Midwest Book Review

"Glynn is like the RCA Victor dog listening for his master's voice. Trust his ear." -- BRIAN PETERSON, compiler of The Great Duck Misunderstanding and Other Stories

"In clear, candid fashion, Glynn presents an amusing overview of the publishing world and answers the questions many writers are embarrassed to ask in public. The book's greatest strength is in telling the writer to focus on the blank page and ignore all the distractions--and seek advice from qualified sources. Glynn also includes a very informed supplementary reading list." --

"Sal is a genius at recognizing the potential author in a committed writer. He speaks with the authority of one who whose knowledge of publishing pertains to every type of book. With patience and dry humor, Sal encourages writers to express their ideas in their own voice, and guides the new writer through the terrifying world of publishing. I couldn't have written my first book without him. He's already promised to stick with me through the next." --Cynthia L. Wall, LCSW, author of The Courage to Trust: a guide to deep and lasting relationships

From the Publisher

Inspiration has never been easy to come by, and sound advice for writers can be equally hard to find. Few writers have a realistic idea of what actually goes on inside the publishing industry, nor of how to work with a publisher, editor, or graphic designer. Sal Glynn provides immediate answers to questions posed by writers who've found themselves struggling with the specifics of trying to get published while contending with the common obstacles to writing well and completing a manuscript without succumbing to writer's block, fatigue, self-doubt, and depression.

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  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1879384663
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cypress House; 1 edition (September 21, 2006)
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2006
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JTP8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sal Glynn was born in Seattle and educated in Canada. He moved to Covelo, California in the late 1980s, where he began in publishing with Carolyn and James Robertson at the Yolla Bolly Press, a fine press and book packager. He set lead type by hand and did production work on trade books while learning the craft of editing. After a year in outer bucolia, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and became managing editor for Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, where he edited BUCK PETERSON'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO DEER HUNTING (200,000 copies sold) and HOW TO SHIT IN THE WOODS (1.5 million copies sold).

Sal currently lives in San Francisco, where has edited and otherwise produced more than 300 books of fiction, humor, self-help, cookery, management, and social issues for publishers on both coasts. He has taught classes on publishing for Media Alliance and the Learning Annex, lectured at the Bay Area Editor's Forum, and volunteered with the creative writing workshop at Francisco Middle School. Sal has also been on faculty at the Big Sur Fiction Writer's Workshop and the Mendocino Coast Writer's Conference, and is a former contributor to FOCUS: FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE. His first book, THE DOG WALKED DOWN THE STREET: AN OUTSPOKEN GUIDE FOR WRITERS WHO WANT TO PUBLISH, won the 2007 IPPY award for excellence in publishing, the gold medal for writing/publishing.

He makes his animal-free home in Northern California.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Boor on October 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Here's a little gem of a book that anyone trying to be a writer must have. The title comes from a quote by the poet Charles Bukowski that "most writers can't write a simple sentence, like, `The dog walked down the street.'" Unfortunately, that holds true for most of the "how-to" books on writing out there, but this sleek little volume is different because Glynn does it with humor, a wry, I've-seen-it-and-it-ain't-pretty sort of humor that always rings true. He's obviously been around the publishing business for years, and he openly shares his savvy about the nuts and bolts of the business from contracts, re-writes and editors to galley proofs, typography and book design.

Mostly, though, this book is about inspiration, inspiring the writer to keep writing. Filled with terrific quotes, antecdotes, and just plain good advice, it's a book to be read straight through, but also to be picked up and opened to any page for a laugh. Glynn doesn't pretend to offer a treatise on plot arcs, characterization, etc., but he makes up for it with a suggested reading list that's eclectic, exhaustive, and knowledgable. "The Dog" is sure to become a cult book for serious, aspiring writers. It succeeds beautifully in supplying that one percent of inspiration that makes up for all the perspiration.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Wall, LCSW on September 26, 2006
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As a new author (2005) I was very naive about the ways to work with a publisher. I expected more hand-holding, and didn't know how to help the pubishing house staff help me. I so wish I had access to the clarity in "The Dog Walked Down the Street." Sal Glynn knows the book business from the ground up, and loves to help people turn an idea into a book. His viewpoint is pro-author, but always sympathetic to what the editors and publishers need from the writer for a co-creative process. Most writers are so grateful to be published they will take crumbs of praise in place of a solid partnership in making the book as terrific as it can be. After reading this book, any writer can navigate the business behind taking a book from draft to galleys to book signing events.
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Format: Paperback
"The Dog Walked Down The Street: An Outspoken Guide For Writers Who Want To Publish" by Sal Glynn is 96-pages of solid, practical, experienced, 'user friendly' instructional advice for authors in answering a series of fundamental questions about their work such as: When you finish the first draft how do you decide whether its really good or simply too flawed to submit for publication? How do you go about finding a good agent? Sal Glynn draws upon his years of personal and professional experience working as a managing editor for book publishers to demystify the common problems encountered by novice authors and experience writers alike; presents a clear, accessible approach to writing for publication; offers practical 'first aid' for writers, details just how to stay sane and healthy while writing, and provides aspiring writers yearning to break into print with a strong and effective foundation for their present and future work. "The Dog Walked Down The Street" is a welcome, thoroughly useful, and critically essential addition to any dedicated author's reference shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Woolf on November 7, 2006
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Sal Glynn gives it to us straight and with (FINALLY!) a sense of humor. "Dog Walks.." is a must have for writers trying to publish. It's smart without being pretentious, thorough without being overwhelming and all in all, the perfect handbook for writers of all shapes/sizes/levels. Sal knows what he's talking about, and thankfully, he also knows how to make us laugh when LOOOOORD knows, as writers, we need to. Like, a lot.
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Even most accomplished writers seek/appreciate timely, wise council so those with uncertain voice, etc are smart to ask for some help, out-side (not family, friends, co-workers, other writers) help in the form of a good reference book. Especially if it tells a writer to quit thinking about the... Read More
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