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Produce, Publish, Publicize by [Sumsion, Sabrina]
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"Working with Sabrina has really opened my eyes about what is expected of the beginning author in the writing industry. As a novice writer trying to get published for the first time, Sabrina's savy and real-world instruction techniques have helped me understand the requirements of getting the publicity I need while avoiding the scams and dead ends that can catch the naive story teller off guard and kill a book before it gets printed. --Brett Beyer

About the Author

Sabrina Sumsion has spend the last 5 years focusing on assisting authors with gaining publicity. She travels the nation giving presentations on various topics ranging from publicity to autism. Sabrina is a proud wife and mother of three. Her hobbies include web design, music, dancing and handwork. Her goal is to educate every potential author in the nation about publishing traps.

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  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Sanguine Publishing; 1 edition (April 5, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OYIHKO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There's a famous quote by Jules Renard: "Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money." Too often, the reason so many writers don't become successful is not due to laziness or a lack of talent; rather, it's because they don't learn about their market and how it works. And a writer who learns his or her craft and remains ignorant of the market is like a tennis player with a great forehand and no backhand. You're just not going to win any matches if every backhand that you hit goes into the net.

"Produce, Publish, Publicize" is the map for publishing minefield. Sabrina Sumsion shares practical, real-world publishing knowledge. She shows you how to prepare a manuscript for submission, how to deal with agents, publishers, and bookstores. Most importantly, she shows you how to avoid the big mistakes that can cost you serious money and, just as important, cost you valuable time.

The book is full of useful advice, including how to find the right people to help you, what questions to ask, and what answers to expect. (A good consultant must know what questions to ask as well as knowing the answers.) She's even waded through hundreds of publishing Web sites and lists the ones with the best information.

The thing I like most about the book is the section where she shows you how to publicize your work: how to write a "hook" to attract media attention, how to write an effective query letter, how plan a book signing. She shares solid methodology and even includes checklists. Even non-writers will find some of the publicity methods useful for promoting businesses and events.
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This is a comprehensive book about writing and publishing your own book. Obviously, there are many books on this subject, but I particularly like this one because Sumsion goes into the publishing process - especially print publishing - in depth.

She starts by grouping authors into three categories: best-seller hopefuls, make-a-buck authors, and writers for posterity (Most experts and thought leaders fall into the middle category, although they probably won't like the term "make a buck"!) Throughout the book, she breaks down her advice into specific points for each of these categories, which is very useful for readers.

The book is in three parts: writing, publishing and publicity. The first section is the shortest, but that doesn't matter because there are plenty of other resources about how to write well.

The other two sections are longer, and very valuable because they do offer advice and insights you won't easily find elsewhere. For example, in the publishing section, Sumsion talks about how to find an agent, how to work with distributors, and how to avoid publishing scams. Similarly, the publicity section is not just about promoting the book yourself (although that is covered in detail as well; it's also about working with a publicist.

All in all, this is an excellent book if you're interested in getting published.
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Sabrina Sumsion is a published author and career literary publicist who has worked with many authors to help in fulfilling their writing and publishing dreams. In "Produce, Publish, Promote," Ms. Sumsion breaks down the mass of potential writers into three groups (those who wish to be bestsellers, those who are sharing an idea and who probably rely on a separate income stream, and those who write primarily to leave a legacy to their posterity. She then explains the various publishing venues and necessary steps as these apply to each individual writer category. Additionally the narrative divides into the three aspects: writing; publishing; publicity, with useful chapters on anything a writer (potential, active, or ready-to-publish) could need to know. Author Sumsion's goal throughout is to help-to guide writers in the direction right for their dreams and situations, and to help writers avoid losing money, paying money unnecessarily, and falling into debt due to publishing scammers. This is an incredibly useful handbook, sure to be of help to both unpublished writers such as myself, and those who have already ventured into the ocean of publishing without this guide.
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Excellent, relevant advice for anyone trying to succeed in the publishing industry, whether indie published or traditionally published (or hybrid). The information provided is detailed and actionable, helping readers feel more confident in taking a systematic approach to the entire publicizing process.
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Excellent, concise gateway to open up the mysteries to publishing and publicizing. Ms. Sumsion packs this book full of helpful suggestions and links to the web for even more ideas for writers. Great little reference book.
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I believe this is the third or fourth book I read on marketing self published books. The information was helpful, easy to understand, and seems like it would really work for anyone who'd try. Recommended for any writer looking to market their book.
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I own this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to write a book and then publish it. Don't get trapped by a publishing scam! They are everywhere. Reading this book will tell you exactly what to look for, and also helps you look at options you may not even know about. Then, when you are published, it will help you get the word out and sell those books.
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