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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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This author of dozens of books makes it sound easy to get that book written, published and sold. And you know what... if you do it his way - it is! --John Craig, best-selling author, Microsoft press and O'Reilly Media --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
My Qualifications as a Writer by Othniel J. Seiden, MD. Do I have an excellent background in college English, Literature and Creative Writing? No! Am I a whiz at grammar? No! I doubt I ever earned better than a C in any English course I ever took in grade, high school or college, nor did I ever have much interest in literature or creative writing courses that I was forced to take. I certainly wouldn't have taken them as an elective. Now please understand, I m not bragging that I was a poor student. What I want you to understand is that if you really want to write a book, you can publish it and you can get it sold. I ve been able to have over 20 books published in spite any perceived scholarly deficit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.