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