- Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Alpha; 4th edition (August 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592575188
- ISBN-13: 978-1592575183
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,234,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jennifer Basye Sander has been an author and book packager for nearly 20 years. Her career has spanned all aspects of the business, from retail sales and book acquisition to editorial and publicity. She and her husband founded the Big City Books Group, which develops book projects and has over 40 successful books in print.
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Having read "Getting Published" cover to cover with a highlighter in hand, a notepad nearby, using no previous contacts, and using the principles, suggestions and tips found in this simple, straighforward guide, I sent out my first batch of query letters to agents on November 12.
Requests for my proposal began to come in within DAYS and (the honest truth) I found a wonderful agent and sold my proposal to a MAJOR publisher *before* Christmas.
I share this information because I believe in equal access. It is my sincere hope tha people will use this informative book to gain the type of access thought to belong to only a relative few. It changed my mind 100%.
Reading "Getting Published" does not guarantee that you will get published, but it WILL make sure you have the all the information you need to take your best shot at it.
In hindsight, I am certain that I was incredibly blessed at that time and, thanks to "Getting Published", incredibly well-prepared. I cannot thank the authors enough for demystifying this process and making it available to *anyone* that has their heart set on Getting Published.
angel Kyodo williams,
Book Publication: Spring 2000
The authors have a mountain of writing and publishing experience between them. They write in a fun, easy to read style. The book is entertaining while still managing to be packed full of useful information. They give detailed descriptions of every step involved in publishing. The instructions are easy to follow and extremely helpful. This book breaks everything down and makes it seem very managable. This was helpful, in my opinion, because the process of seeking publication was far more intimidating to me than actually writing the book itself.
The fifth edition of this book came out a few weeks after I bought the fourth edition - I liked it so well that I went ahead and bought the fifth edition too. The fifth edition is great - it adds more information about email and online submssions, ebooks, and all of the most recent changes in technology and publishing. It was well worth the purchase price of the duplicate copy.
This book is outstanding in every way.
The authors, both who've worked as editors, one who seems to have published a number of books on miscellaneous and sundry topics and the other who has worked as an agent, give lots of good advice on how the publishing business works and who the various people are that you might deal with. They tell you what it's like to be an editor and how you should treat them, and ways to improve your chances of being published. They suggest methods for doing market research and coming up with topics that might fill a book. Also covered are the benefits of using an agent and ways to publicize your book. They even include a CD in the latest edition with sample proposals and query letters which follow the generally accepted formats in the business.
And yes, they try to work fiction and its nuances into the text, but it almost always feels like an afterthought and often seems a bit confusing. Most of the examples given apply mainly to non-fiction, such as establishing yourself as an expert in your field beforehand by giving interviews or writing for your local paper. At first it wasn't that big of a deal, but by the end of the book I felt pretty disappointed. There is some really helpful information here, but it's just not targeted at publishing fiction.