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Do The Write Thing: Seven Steps to Publishing Success Hardcover – January 15, 2002
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For writers determined to publish their own work, Kwame Alexander, with the help of Nina Foxx, offers Do the Write Thing: 7 Steps to Publishing Success. Alexander, a writer, publishing consultant and founder of the independent press BlackWords, advises readers in a friendly and practical manner on everything from writing and editing your manuscript, starting a publishing company and printing your book to marketing, sales and author tours. Besides furnishing a lexicon of publishing terms, a list of helpful reading materials, inspirational and cautionary anecdotes and savvy regarding hiring editors of all sorts, Alexander endows writers with the confidence they need to self-publish.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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This book is a must have for anyone publishing their work. Mr. Alexander candidly describes both the ups and downs of the publishing process, and leads his reader from the formation of their basic idea through getting their book on the shelves, leaving them with a thorough understanding of the process. It includes informative references and helpful websites of interest.
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A succinct yet thorough treatment, this book gives recommendations to becoming a better writer, informed of the publishing trade. The seven chapters mark the steps to publishing success; each chapter ends with a worksheet for writers to reinforce their personal commitment to their project(s). Appendices offer resources for desktop publishing, sales and promotion, the poetry market, and other data useful to writers new to the publishing world. The glossary is helpful to those unfamiliar with book publishing terms. Writing prompts and timelines are beneficial.
Creative writing teachers can also appreciate this book as a tool to encourage students to write beyond classroom assignments.
Kimberley Wilson, author of Work It! The Black Woman's Guide to Success at Work.
I found the web site references and glossary quite useful. It's also good to know that Kwame isn't speaking from pure research, but from experience, which gives the reader the feeling that they can self-publish, too.
Remember that commercial from Life Cereal with Mikey? Remember the slogan? Try it you'll like it? In the same vein, buy and try Mr. Alexander's book, you'll like it. It's all for you.