Endorsements for The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

(previously published as Putting Your Passion into Print)

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published at Pitchapalooza
“It’s not very often that a person can say that a book or its authors changed their life, but I can definitely say that about Arielle and David. From forming the perfect pitch to figuring out the mysteries of marketing, for every writer, this book is Essential!” – Debra Dockter, Author of Deadly Design (Putnam/Penguin, 2015)

“I started with nothing but an idea, and then I bought this book. Soon I had an A-list agent, a near six-figure advance, and multiple TV deals in the works. Buy it and memorize it. This tome is the quiet secret of rockstar authors.” – Timothy Ferris, New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

“A must-have for every aspiring writer.” – Khaled Hosseini, New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner

“You know all those books sitting on your shelf about how to get published? Well, you can finally unload them at your garage sale because this book is all you’ll ever need. A-to-Z, Soup-to-Nuts, this is the most comprehensive guide available on how to become a published author.” – Nancy Levine, author of The Tao of Pug (Penguin)

“Smart, funny, readable, thorough, and, indeed, essential, the advice in The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published gave my proposal its voice, got me to the right publisher, walked me through contract negotiations, and even helped me pick an outfit when I finalized the deal. This book made my book happen.” – Ann Ralph, Author of Grow a Little Fruit Tree (Storey Publishing)

“I recommend this book to every author I know, at any stage of their careers. I’m such a vociferous advocate, some of my friends may think I’m in a cult!” – Melissa Kirsch, author of The Girl’s Guide to Absolutely Everything (Workman)

“If you’ve ever thought about writing a book, are in the process of writing a book or have written a book and are contemplating another, stop what you’re doing right now—and buy this book. It contains everything you need to know to proceed, especially how to press your own enthusiasm button.” – Sandra Blakeslee, author of The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce (Harper Perennial), Phantoms in the Brain (Hyperion), and On Intelligence (St. Martin’s Griffin)

“I had no idea that the code of publishing would be as hard to decipher as the secret language of adolescent girls. If only I had Putting Your Passion into Print when I started writing!” – Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, the book that inspired the movie Mean Girls (Three Rivers)

Putting Your Passion Into Print changed my life. I read and reread each of your chapters, lived by your organizational and promotional advice, and, despite all odds, my rather uncategorizable book is a success. With no track record or cash, we’ve gotten onto TV and into national print media, been blurbed by the LA Times and the Village Voice, and sold out a third of our print run within three weeks of launch.” – Molly Crabapple, author of Dr. Sketchy’s Official Rainy Day Colouring Book (Sepuculture Books)

Putting Your Passion into Print has been absolutely invaluable through this whole process! It’s on my bedside, with dozens of post-its peeking out!” – Veronica Wolff, author of Master of the Highlands Series (Berkley)

“Arielle and David did a masterful job at deconstructing our complicated, often irrational industry. Putting Your Passion into Print is fun to read and brutally honest, but it’s also energizing and inspiring.” – Lynn Goldberg, CEO, Goldberg McDuffie Communications

“I curled up in a big chair and read Putting Your Passion into Print like a novel. Written with insight and humor, it takes us through the writing process from idea to sequel. I wish I had a book this thorough and thoughtful and downright indispensable for every aspect of my life.” – Karen Cushman, author of the Newbury Award winner The Midwife’s Apprentice and Newbury Award runner-up Catherine, Called Birdy (HarperCollins)

“This is a terrific book. It’s practical, it’s fun to read, and it totally demystifies the publishing process. Whether you are just setting out to write a book, or already have several published books under your belt, you will find this an invaluable resource. There is no doubt in my mind that it will become a standard of the industry, sitting right alongside Writer’s Market and The Chicago Manual of Style. (And let me tell you—it’s a much better read than either of those books could ever dream of being!)” – Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest Stories Never Told Series (Harper)

“I took myself to lunch today and brought along Putting Your Passion Into Print, and I’ll be damned but it made me remember why I love this business and why the suffering is all worth it in the end. It’s a terrific book that finally put me in a good mood again.” – Annik LaFarge, former publisher of Bloomsbury Books

“These two know everything about the book business and share every detail in this fabulous book. Putting your Passion into Print answers every question you have with playful charm, wisdom and savvy. If you’ve written a book, are writing one or are just thinking about it, you NEED Putting Your Passion Into Print. It will make a marvelous gift for all of your writer or would-be writer friends. You’ll love it.” – Susan G. Wooldridge, author of poemcrazy (Three Rivers Press)

“I got an agent and a publisher for my book within 3 weeks of submitting the proposal—and not a single rejection letter! When would-be authors ask me for advice I send them to the store to buy Putting Your Passion Into Print! Bravo to the authors for a comprehensive guide to writing, publishing and marketing your book.” – Donna Cutting, author of The Celebrity Experience: Insider Secrets to Delivering Red-Carpet Customer Service (Wiley)

“As a consultant, I make my living by understanding how companies and industries work from the inside out. To succeed as an author, you need an inside-out view of how publishing works. For that, there’s simply no better guide than Putting Your Passion into Print.” – Geoffrey Moore, author of four Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestsellers, including Crossing the Chasm and The Gorilla Game (Harper)

Putting Your Passion into Print offers aspiring authors refreshingly honest, knowledgeable and detailed advice on not only how to get published, but how to deal with every phase of the publishing process constructively and realistically. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone who dreams about having his/her book not only published, but published well.” – Jamie Raab, publisher, Grand Central

“This honest, comprehensive and inspiring book is the best description of the contemporary publishing world that I’ve seen. It should be at the center of every writer’s reference shelf for decades.” – Neal Pollack, author of Never Mind the Pollacks and The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature (Harper Paperbacks, Harper Perennial)

Putting Your Passion into Print is a Rosetta Stone for authors, a guide that takes the mystery and uncertainty out of getting your book published. This book takes you inside the publishing industry and reveals what makes it tick. Prospective authors, listen up. This is the definitive manual on taming this lumbering giant. If you want your book to see the light of day, read this one.” – Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, Reinventing Medicine (Three Rivers), and Healing Words (HarperOne)

“Finally, a comprehensive, compelling, hilarious and amazingly insightful book about the painful and wonderful world of getting a book published. It’s as much about passion and teamwork as it is about royalties and advances. I loved it!” – Patrick M. Lencioni, bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Jossey-Bass)

“I wish I had had this book when I started writing for publication. It’s got the perfect blend of right-brain creativity and left-brain strategy to help you succeed as an author.” – Dr. Betty Edwards, bestselling author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Tarcher)

“I bought this book thinking I would read only the parts that applied to my book, but I ended up reading it cover-to-cover, taking notes and hi-lighting the whole time. Getting a book published is a looonnngg, hard process, but since I read this book at the beginning of it, nothing has taken me by surprise. The book is written by a literary agent and an experienced author, so it gives more than one perspective. Plus, it’s hilarious, which makes the truth easier to take.” – Roxana Elden, author of See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers (Kaplan)

“One of the delightful things that happens when you tell people your book is getting published is that suddenly you become an expert on writing books. People begin to share their ideas about books they’d like to write. They wonder how to find an agent, how to find a publisher, how to work with an editor. When this happens to me, I invariably find myself saying, “Read Putting Your Passion Into Print!” This book is must reading for both new and experienced authors. Written by people who really *are* experts in the publishing industry, it covers everything from choosing the idea to write about to marketing the published book. But it isn’t just full of essential information. It’s also written in such an engaging style, with lots of anecdotes and examples, that it’s hard to put down. The result is an ideal blend of unsentimental directness with hope and inspiration.” – Jacqueline Goulding, PhD., author of Healing Stories, Picture Books for the Big and Small Changes in a Child’s Life (M. Evans & Co.)

“Most aspiring writers go through at least a couple of books about how to write, how to find an agent, how to get published, and, if they’re astute, how to stay that way. I hadn’t run across any great, friendly texts that encapsulate the whole process, and I always wanted to have one. Enter Arielle and David. This star-crossed couple combined their vast knowledge of the industry, both from the side of the aspiring author and the working agent, and developed a handbook that any writer ought to have in their collection, no matter what the level of experience. This is a book that I will continue to reference over the course of my career, as well as enjoying the lively prose and the well-organized structure. This is one of those wonderful books where the table of contents alone is incredibly witty. The combined talents of Sterry and Eckstut, both gifted and ground-breaking writers and veterans of showbiz give all of us who want to not just write, but get published, and hopefully paid for it, a text that is both fun and intensely useful.” – Jemiah Jefferson, author of Voice of the Blood; Fiend; A Drop of Scarlet (Leisure Books)

“My brother and I have been working on our first book for over a year now — it goes to print this week — and PYPIP has been a constant reference and priceless guide. From agents and proposals to writing, editing, publicity, and marketing, this book takes you through the whole process with practical advice and examples that bring the ideas to life. Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, cookbooks or poetry, PYPIP is the book for you. I would recommend this book to any aspiring writer. It’s worth its weight in gold.” – Alex Jordan Harris, author of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations (Multnomah Books)