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ISBN-13: 978-1582976082 ISBN-10: 1582976082 Edition: Third Edition
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Third Edition edition (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582976082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582976082
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wes Locher on May 4, 2010
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There needs to be a lot of love for this book. As a self-published author, with aspirations of having future books published, and looking to break into various other areas of the writing industry, this book will become a tome that I hang onto and reference regularly as I continue my writing career.

The reason I grabbed this book by the wonderful folks at Writer's Market was because it was current. Published in 2010, it gives an updated look at the state of the publishing industry as well as current technology and where these things may be headed in the future. Whether you're trying to publish your novel, sell some articles to magazines, sell a screenplay, or have recently made the jump to full time freelance copy writing and need some advice on how to start your business (and ensure you aren't audited by the IRS), the Guide to Getting Published has you covered. It's a one-stop shop that you can reference throughout a career and at the time of this writing, is completely relevant.

The authors of this book don't try to use big industry slang terms and talk over your head (they do, however, provide a glossary of industry terms in case someone tries to!) and keep their ideas concise. Even the areas that I have no experience in, I gained a better understanding of after reading their designated sections.

This really opened my eyes to the publishing world, and was no-nonsense in regards to how difficult a career it can be, but it was full of encouragement and reassurance as to how rewarding it can be with a little bit of passion, persistence, determination, and talent.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Post on November 11, 2011
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In the months leading up to publishing my book, I scanned or read numerous books. I thought this book offered the most sound advice and was geared to first-time authors without being too simplistic. I particularly appreciated that the book didn't attempt to be the only source for writers but referred to many other sources that could be helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BobReviews on September 26, 2012
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There's a lot more to writing than hitting the keyboard, and posting on a blog; that is, if a person ever hopes to get paid for it. The authors of this book have provided a list of pitfalls, (and opportunities), to be expected by the novitiate. For starters, the newbie can expect to spend a great deal of time in marketing and sales, because publishers won't even talk to you unless you have a literary agent, or a celebrated "platform". The platform could be a professorship, or a high profile occupation, which means for the rest of us, good luck.

Having a plan is half the battle, but one thing to remember is this, that even if you get the attention of the industry, and you manage to get a book out, most new authors fail. But don't let that stop you. They make it clear in the text that writers belong almost exclusively to the self-employed class. Along with that burden goes the responsibility of actually managing your own business. That's right; you have to keep track of everything, especially the expenses, (if you hope to rack up major tax deductions, which you will need to stay in the black). On top of that you have to be part lawyer to catch the fine print of contracts, (providing you have the wherewithal to demand one). And let's not forget the biggest item, health insurance, which can be hard to find, (and even harder to afford), unless you belong to a writer's organization, (and even then the benefits are slim.)

But oh, to have that feeling of independence, where your work schedule is entirely up to you. Wouldn't it be worth it? Why worry about working in a piecework industry, where you get paid by the word, or the inch? You'll have your byline, your name will be in print.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Wuske on April 1, 2010
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I had the pleasure of editing this book. This thoroughly researched and up-to-date book gives you the steps you need to organize your writing life, find markets for your work, and promote yourself as a writer. It's straightforward and approachable and will equip you for writing success.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books & More on March 19, 2013
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This book came out in 2010. It is a BROAD overview. So you won't find specifics but ideas that can spark other ideas.
I found it a bit helpful. Especially, I liked Google links and links that help you find your market.

But some things would work much better if done differently. There are ways to achieve things faster. I don't know why they want you to find yourself in the forest trying to find your way out, not showing you how to get to your destination without wondering around.

(He tells you you can breathe easier if you don't write screenplays! Imagine trying selling one.)

Also, I learned more about press releases and podcasting. I'm not there yet, so everything pretty much was new to me.

Overall this book touches on everything except teaching you the craft of writing. It teaches the business side of writing.
This book is giving you resources depending of what you need to look for. It touches on marketing, on selling your articles, nonfiction, fiction, screenplays, or selling to corporations to do different kinds of writing. It touches on self-publishing. It tells you what to do to build your platform. How to talk to your publicist. It stresses importance of websites, blogs, and podcasts. You get ideas what to do to get your word out about your work. Also it advises how to take care of your finances and gives you tips how to handle taxes. It includes language used contracts, so you know what you're signing. They don't teach you everything, but they will provide you with tips how and where to find information.
You have to remember that this book came out in 2010. For example, this book doesn't include any information on different writing programs you can purchase like Scrivener and the like. Everything evolves.
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