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So You Want to Write a Book: Simple Guidelines to Creating Your Publishable Book Paperback – January 7, 2016
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The book starts with a few chapters about how and why it's not that difficult to traditionally publish, the author's qualifications, and "who should read this book." There are a few chapters on book ideas, which tell the reader how to come up with a book idea and how to determine if it's marketable. The author goes over querying, speaking with editors, and press releases. He discusses time management, writer's block, and the writing process - from 1st draft to publication.
Next, Seiden reviews the different methods of publishing. He personally prefers traditional publishing and what he calls "partner publishing," which is what ebook and print-on-demand publishing is like today. He also goes over vanity publishing and self-publishing from the stance of using a printing press. He also discusses agents, contracts, marketing, promotion, and the media.
"So, You Want to Write a Book" is a fun, quick read. The author has a unique perspective on writing and publishing - some insightful ideas I hadn't considered. The text is broken up with quotes, references, and bold subtitles, and the chapters are refreshingly short. There is a lot of helpful information in this book.
I recommend "So, You Want to Write a Book" to all writers who are nervous to begin writing their first book, because they don't know what to expect. This book will ease their fears and give them helpful advice and ideas. It's also a book for writers at any stage, like myself, who has self-published three books, but still found the book enlightening and informational.
This book quickly and simply opens your eyes to all of the different ways to get published, and then helps you figure out what is best for you.
Since reading his book I was able to find a publisher and I'm meeting with a cover designer. Most importantly, because of what Ottie taught me, I retain the final decisions relating to the title and to the cover design which I think will help me sell more books.
I've researched a lot, but it seems a lot of 1st time authors are starting to figure out that commercial publishers do not care about them. So, they end up out on the road promoting their work alone with zero help from a publisher that took them 18 months to get to market with a 10% profit (if they are lucky).
I'll try to get back to you with updates as I go down this road, but I've been EXTREMELY happy that I have a much higher profit potential and that my publisher can get me to print while my book is relevant.