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According to Judith Appelbaum, author of How to Get Happily Published, "it is largely within your power to determine whether your work will get published and whether the public will buy it once it's released." Anyone who has had a manuscript boomerang back from every publisher who sees it (or a book remaindered mere months after publication) may view this assertion with some amount of skepticism. But, as Appelbaum says, "hardly anybody treats getting published as if it were a rational, manageable activity," and it's hard to argue with that.
In addition to providing a mini-course on editors and agents and submissions and funding--peppered with revealing anecdotes from the front lines--Appelbaum offers information less frequently found in books of this sort. For one, she emphasizes the importance of taking publicity for your book or article into your own hands (and she has savvy advice on how to do so without alienating your publisher's publicity department). She also makes a very strong case for self- publishing--not to be confused with using a vanity press--and then tells you how to go about it. And finally, her annotated resource guide to books, Web sites, periodicals, courses, organizations, and more--stretching to over 120 pages--is astounding. That's right. Astounding. --Jane Steinberg
"No other book offers such practical, common-sense guidance on the step-by-step process of getting a book successfully published. Must reading for everyone who wants to do it right."-- Elizabeth Geiser, University of Denver Publishing Institute"Invaluable . . . Explains in detail the steps authors can take to drum up excitement, interest, and an audience for their books."-- Terry McMillan, author of "Waiting to Exhale"Most helpful to me when I needed to understand the publishing business."-- M. Scott Peck, author of "The Road Less Traveled"Among the many books of advice, the best is "How to Get Happily Published."-- "Money"Helped me write 20 books for publishers large and small and start my own publishing company!"-- Lisa Rogak Shaw, Williams Hill Publishing"I recommend this industry classic to writers all the time for its practical, common-sense guidance."-- William Shinker, President and Publisher, Broadway Books/Bantam Doubleday Dell"I love "How to Get Happily Published." I keep it near me as my bible/companion/positive reinforcement, and I'm getting my stories published."-- Richard C. Nacy, bookstore chain community relations coordinator
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addresses, and contact information so you can actually find
out the nuts-and-bolts of how to get published. I found the
comprehensive resource section in the back of the book to be
the most helpful portion of the book over the long term -
the resource section alone is almost 80 pages long and
includes relevant books, periodicals,organizations,
conferences, schools, advisers, and experts.
I've had this book for over three years and have referred to
it many times. It was interesting to read the first time
around, as well as serving as a needed reference since
then. The author's advice is readily usable at any stage
of the writing/seeking publication process.
I recommend the book highly.
In this book, you'll learn:
--How to prepare your manuscript so that it has the best chance of pleasing editors and its intended readers, including how and when to find a free-lance editor,
--How to find the right editors and agents to pitch, and how to pitch them most effectively,
--What happens to your work after it has been accepted, and what you need to do to make the publishing process most successful for all concerned,
--How and when to promote and sell your work after it has been published,
--What to do and what not to do when self-publishing,
--Where to find grants and other kinds of financial assistance.
When people find out that I'm in publishing, I get many different questions. Now I have another fabulous resource to recommend in answer.