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How to Get Happily Published: A Complete and Candid Guide

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The classic, bestselling guide to getting published In the 20 years since it first appeared, hundreds of thousands of writers'professionals as well as beginners--have read, followed and benefited from How to Get Happily Published. This new edition adds material on making deals with publishers (and what's important), working with small publishers (and when that's preferable...more
Paperback, Fifth Edition, 400 pages
Published April 8th 1998 by Collins Reference (first published 1982)
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Ryan K Alford
How to Get Happily Published is a nice, general overlook of the publishing process and industry, circa 1998. If you're looking for the most update-to-date advice and tactics for inticing your future dream agent or publisher--this is not the book to invest in. However, there's still a decent amount of value to be had within its pages, I believe. It's short enough (roughly 250 pages, and even shorter depending on what sections are actually relevant for you), and well-structured in painting broad s...more
I'm currently going through the publishing process for the first time, and I picked up this book (a gift long ago from my beloved aunt, may she rest in peace) to make sure I'm doing everything right. Although the book is dated (this version was printed in 1992 so it doesn't talk about internet promotions and other current marketing tactics), there are some good ideas here, and I particularly found her section on sales/promotions helpful. Another interesting section was on self-publishing, which...more
Sep 23, 2014 Alexis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This book was recommended to our group by Lawrence Hill this summer. It contains a lot of information about publishing and marketing, along with resources in the back.

It's a bit dated though, but still worth a read.
I'm sure that there are some useful tid-bits in here but right in the first chapter we get: ...they [writers] rely on common-sense measures to improve their writing skills. Which pretty much put me right off wanting to continue. But the title isn't How to Be a Happy Writer, it's How to Get Happily Published. Circling back on the table of contents, it seems that there's precious little to say about getting the manuscript in front of editorial eyes and on to the next phase (instead of into the slu...more
Mar 03, 2008 Jacob added it
I think there should probably be an analogy for what being published means to a writer. I think, this analogy is probably really fitting and probably a little too close to the bone for some. I imagine, once put onto paper or spoken aloud, this analogy will have the force of conviction and depth so profound that even the most cynical and pessimistic among us will be moved to tears.
Read it but had to skim the end as it was due at the library and someone else was in line for it. Didn't receive any new information but confirmed what I had heard at writing classes and workshops. Was helpful.
Fredrick Danysh
The author explores the ins and out of getting what your have written published. She gives tips on how to get your work looked at and some general rules to follow.
Mount Laurel Library

Excellent book. Indexed.
Lengthy list of resources.
Apryl Anderson
if it works, then I'll be back to give it 5 stars
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