Some Writers Deserve To Starve: 31 Brutal Truths About The Publishing Industry
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Some Writers Deserve To Starve: 31 Brutal Truths About The Publishing Industry

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Your writing alone won't get you publishedThere are a lot of books that will tell you that anyone can write a book, that all it takes is commitment to the craft, that in time, you'll get the hefty publishing advance you deserve. Maybe you own some of these books. Maybe you think you know enough.

You don't. Those books are wrong. Even the most talented writers chance failure...more
Published March 25th 2005 by Writer's Digest Books
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This book is a quick and very informative read. Learning the writing craft myself, more as a hobby than as a "real job," I can attest to many of the tidbits written about in this book and I also learned some things I have not run across, yet at least. As much as some "authors" like to think self publishing is not really being published, I am glad this book talked about self publishing as others are interested and "anyone can do", which annoys the "big guys." Some authors make a decent living off...more
Susan Lute
I think this is a book every new writer or artist should read. Ms Niles has offered up practical advice none of us should forget.
Rachel Rueben
I really liked the straight forward style of this book. So far, it's one of my favorites that I've read about the publishing industry. Elaura Niles is dead on when she labels the types of people in the industry and the kinds of writers that exist. I love the part where she explains how she lost her writing virginity. I swear this book was priceless! The only problem I had with it, was maybe she didn't go in depth enough, I really felt like she had more to say, but was cut off. I wouldn't recomme...more
If there's one book you need to make your way through in order to understand the publishing industry, it's this one. Niles doesn't only talk it, she's walked it and she's very frank about the ins and outs of getting your manuscript published. She discusses everything, from the manuscript itself, to writing workshops and conferences, to e-mails and how to handle yourself when you're negotiating your publishing contract (not to mention the interesting websites listed). I also really enjoyed the la...more
Ouch! Tread lightly newbies, this one hurts! Unlike some of the previous reviews, I liked the book and I thought it was informative. My favorite part was the beginning where the author recounts losing her "writing virginity." We all get that wake up call, the one telling us, that we're not as genius as we thought. Would I recommend this to a newbie? Yes! I mean we all have to lose our virginity somewhere and Elaura Niles isn't going to leave you waiting by the phone the next day!
Cool intro to the business side of writing.

This is a good place to start if you're trying to get your head around the wild world of publishing. The tone is friendly and the info is succint. The author doesn't pull any punches--she is frank about the challenges of breaking in, but she doesn't leave the reader in despair.
Leonard Pierce
I'm all for people not fooling themselves about writing -- boy, am I! -- but this thing was less "brutal truth" than it was "snotty tone", and not all that helpful as a guide.
A compact book well written. Explains in an easy to understand manner everything you need or want to know about the business of writing.
Great book and great read. I will take some of the notes to talk about on my literary moments show on Dream4More Radio.
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