Thanks to Melody A Wilson for reviewing our book.
Bethanne Patrick, the one and only Book Maven, will be getting her Pitchapalooza on at Borders, Bailey Crossroads, November 4. We are overjoyed to be graced by her smarts, savvy & wit.
Betsey Lerner, top agent, editor & author, will be holding court with the Book Doctors November 11 at the Miami Book Fair International. We are honored to be sharing a stage with her, as she is a font of illumination in the cold scary world of publishing. Her book, Forest for the Trees, is a must-read for anyone who’s even remotely interested in books. And if you are a writer, you’re crazy not to learn from her wisdom. http://bit.ly/d9t6jn
The Book Doctors , authors of the Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, present Pitchapalooza, on November 11, Barnes & Noble, Upper East Side. They welcome ex-CEO and Chairman of the Time-Warner Book Group, LJK Literary Management’s Larry Kirshbaum, Jen Bergstrom of Simon & Schuster, and Bob Miller, Publisher of Workman Publishing
Released five years ago as Putting Your Passion Into Print, authors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry helped writers brave the waters and move forward in their quest for publication. Updated under a new title and including timely information about the importance of social media and the larger role for the author makes The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published a go-to book for writers – those experienced and not-yet-published. As social media becomes our word-of-mouth for the book business, Eckstut and Sterry go over how websites, blogging and communities specific to your topic (plus Twitter and Facebook) can help you establish a market and fan base for your book. I found particularly useful the sections regarding the business side of publishing. This is not a book on how to write a novel nor nonfiction title but practical advice on what comes next, taking the idea or finished project to the next step: how to pitch your ideas, finding an agent, connecting to your audience, and into working with your future editor and publisher with a separate chapter on self-publishing.
Interviews with authors and publishing insiders make the book more insightful than a compilation of steps, however. The authors’ own experiences in the world of publishing lends a credibility to the Guide, giving the book a more personal touch than I’ve found with many other authors on these subjects. I recommend The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published as a practical addition to the serious writer’s personal library and will be using their advice in my own work as an author.
Book Review and Giveaway: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published
What’s better than one blog giving away a book? Two blogs giving away books! I’ve partnered up with friend and very funny fellow writer Stacey Graham (from Betwixt & Between) to review the latest must-have writing tool from Workman Publishing and help a couple of folks receive their very own free copy. Giveaway details are listed just after the review.
If someone had handed me a copy of THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry when I was sixteen, my professional writing career would be very different—and better—today. (For one thing, I would have known about the Internet and E-books back in the 1980s, ka-ching!)
I have been a writer for most of my life so far, and I’ve read a LOT of books on the subject. Usually, at some point during the book, I’ll find a passage or idea and call bullcrap on it. That didn’t happen with this book. Eckstut and Sterry covered every base I could think of, and added a few I didn’t know about.
Building platforms, getting an agent, working with editors, understanding contracts, untangling the web of ebooks, tackling marketing and publicity: it’s all here in clear, honest and often funny language. As a humor writer, it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, and this book did it several times. The authors hooked me with an up-to-date social media section, including an interview with noted author and Master Tweeter Neil Gaiman conducted over Twitter.
As a multiple-year NaNoWriMo winner, I also loved seeing Chris Baty’s proposal for his book, NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! The book even wraps up with the very proposal Eckstut and Sterry used, so you have two winning examples to use as blueprints.
The self-publishing section is comprehensive; the subject has its share of champions and foes in the publishing world, and I find my own opinion changing depending on the time of day. They explain the different types of self-pubbing, what to avoid, and how to sell successfully.I think one of the most important sections is the explanation between vanity presses and legitimate self-pubbing; if you don’t know the difference, you must read it.
No matter what type of book you want to write and see published, this guide will help you through the process better than any combination of Scotch and prescription drugs.
And now for the best part! Winning your very own copy of THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED! There are several ways to enter:
1. Follow me @plaidearthworm and Stacey (@staceyigraham) on Twitter and mention the giveaway with a link back to our blogs, using the hashtag #GTBPgiveaway
2. Give both sites a “thumbs up” using StumbleUpon
3. Tell us on both blogs why you need this book in our comments section. Be sure to tell us if you are following us on Twitter – please leave your @ID and your email address so we are able to contact you if you win!
4. The winners will be chosen on November 2, 2010, by Random.org and announced on both sites.
Good luck to all of you!
Posted by Beth Bartlett at 7:34 AM
Robert Gray–Shelf-Awareness columnist, writer, and former bookseller–moderated a panel called “Getting Your Book into Print”, on which Arielle sat at the Mountains and Plains Independent Bookseller Association convention last month. Robert had so many interesting things to say about the business that we tracked him down afterwards and interviewed him. Having been at the Northshire Bookstore in Vermont (one of American’s best bookstores) for years, Robert had much to say about how authors should approach independents. And perhaps even more to say about how they should not! We’ve gathered seven essential dos and don’ts here.
Before we get to his list, we wanted to share something Robert said that we love and have used many times since: “Bookstores are the last three feet of the publishing business, the place where the industry and the real world meet.” Bookstores are the rare place where you have access to industry professionals without a connection or having to pay large sums of money. You can’t just call up or pay a visit to an agent, publisher or editor. But you can do this with a bookseller. That’s why it’s incumbent upon authors to consider bookstores sacred spaces and booksellers sacred resources!
And now to the list…
1. Don’t walk blindly into a store. Secretly explore it first.
2. Check out the “staff pick” cards to find a friend–the person who reads the kind of book you’re writing. This person may or may not be a buyer. Then find out when they’re working and start up a conversation about what they’re reading.
3. Whoever you’re talking to at a bookstore, always create a conversation, not a pitch. Booksellers are resistant to pitches.
4. NEVER SAY: Why don’t you have my book?!
5. Booksellers are the most under-appreciated and underpaid people in the industry. They’re expected to have graduate level reading experience at retail salaries. That’s why you must show RESPECT when you approach a bookseller. To receive respect, you must give it!
6. Never go into a bookstore on a Saturday afternoon (and even worse, a Saturday afternoon before Christmas) to hawk your book or get advice from booksellers.
7. Most buyers are not around on Saturdays, often not on Friday either. The exception here is if you’re approaching a very small store where everyone does everything. Ask for the buyer’s email address and try to make an appointment with the buyer. Be a professional.
And here’s one last piece of wisdom from Robert that we didn’t want to lose: You may not realize this, but booksellers, much like writers, are constantly dealing with rejection. Your job as an independent bookseller is to hand sell and create a conversation with customers, i.e. to talk people into buying a book (or, even better, multiple books). Booksellers spend their days pitching books to customers with their hearts and souls and get rejected all the time.