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The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully

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The best, most comprehensive book for writers is now completely revised and updated to address ongoing changes in publishing. Published in 2005 as Putting Your Passion Into Print, this is the book that's been praised by both industry professionals ("Refreshingly honest, knowledgeable and detailed. . . . An invaluable resource"-Jamie Raab, publisher, Grand Central Publishin ...more
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Published November 11th 2010 by Workman Publishing (first published July 18th 2005)
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Hannah Greendale
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published came as a recommendation from a panel of authors, editors, and literary agents at the 2015 Bay Area Book Festival. It's not difficult to see why the panelists were quick to make this recommendation. This book is exhaustive (not to be confused with exhausting). It covers everything an aspiring author needs to know about what to expect and how to proceed upon completion of a manuscript, though writers are well advised to read this book at any stag ...more
Blog on Books
Dec 10, 2010 Blog on Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barely a week goes by when we don’t get an e-mail enquiring as to where or how an aspiring author can get an agent or somehow hook into the publishing business. It turns out, the old saw that ‘everyone has a book in them’ is not too far from the truth, at least according to these authors. Well, problem solved.

In what began as a quest to publish and sell copies of their own books (book doctor David’s on baseball legend, Satchel Paige, and literary agent Arielle’s niche book on Jane Austin), this
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J.L.
Mar 29, 2012 J.L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book speaks for itself. For unpublished authors, this book provides a step-by-step guide from the germ of an idea for your book to what to do after it is published. You learn early on that there is so much more to achieving publishing nirvana than “writing a book.” The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published covers everything: the importance of social media, writing your book, writing the book proposal, finding an agent, contract negotiation, working with your agent and ...more
SwensonBooks
Aug 08, 2011 SwensonBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry previously published much of this how-to guidebook as Putting Your Passion Into Print, but in the last five years the game has changed; and so has the role of the author in the book publishing business. This is the most current and relevant set of guideposts in the environment of social media and book publishing.

What I really like about this new reference text is that it tells authors what is now expected of them in this whole new ballgame. It answers the
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Stacey Graham
Oct 17, 2010 Stacey Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 b ...more
Elizabeth Maria Naranjo
I met the authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published a few years ago at a pitchapalooza in Phoenix. They're very nice people--enthusiastic and passionate about books and authors, and they're a wealth of information when it comes to publishing, both traditional and indie routes. I enjoyed their book then--especially the early chapters on crafting pitches and proposals, researching agents and publishers, and dealing with submissions and rejections.

But now I have a publisher, an
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Melody Schreiber
Oct 05, 2010 Melody Schreiber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Everyone, it seems, has an idea for a book they think should be made. But how do you go from a good idea to a career in writing? Originally published as Putting Your Passion into Print, this revised edition has a new name and a fresh perspective on the rapidly evolving world of publishing. In The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry present lucid, step-by-step advice to would-be authors, from inception to publicity.

The authors begin with the most
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Mark
Mar 15, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They’ve done it again. Talk about taking the mystery out of getting your book in front of a publisher. This is the bible every author should read while thinking of writing, writing, and every aspect of post-writing that involves your book.
This is the step-by-step whodunit of how to write, sell, and successfully market your book. In a fun upbeat fashion this husband and wife team, literature agent and writer, explain everything you have ever wanted to know about what to do next. Turning over eve
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Daniel Levesque
Truly the most indispensable guide to getting published out there. Not a stodgy text. Pretty hilarious, actually.

This is the revised, re-written version of "Putting Your Passion into Print", this edition encompassing the new world of publishing and the new ways to get it done.
You may not want to hear Eckstut, who is a mega-agent, tell you that you need to give in to social media (Twitter, blogging, etc.) in order to establish a "platform", but she's right.

Eckstut and Sterry have written so wel
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Kressel Housman
I don't know what it is about this book, but I've tried it twice, and I've never been able to get through it. According to Good Reads, I started it in November, which means I've been slogging my way through for nearly three months. The thing is, the writing style isn't boring; it's actually quite upbeat. The book is exactly what the authors pitch it as: a step-by-step, blow-by-blow account of how to get a book published. And because they use such a casual tone, they come across as writing cheerl ...more
Kim Gorman
Mar 16, 2013 Kim Gorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If your dream is to become a published writer, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published will provide you with everything you need to know to turn it into a realty. From building your platform of readers long before you've even completed a manuscript, to perfecting your pitch, to the nuts and bolts of writing, the book is a must have for writers. Recently, I attended one of the authors' Pitchapalooza events. Proclaimed "The American Idol of Books" it gives 20 lucky writers the opportuni ...more
John Winston
Jan 28, 2013 John Winston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one from cover to cover twice all the while completing my first novel. It seems to be a lot of useful information, so much so, it's almost overwhelming. I think the trick is gleaning what is most important for your (well in this case, my) situation. I did a lot of highlighting and now I'm using it as a bible or light to guide my way through the process...along with other resources. Only time will time. After I'm a successfully published author I'll come back and give it 5 stars.

John
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Sherri Moorer
Feb 02, 2012 Sherri Moorer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writers, save yourself time and money. I've read many books on how to write and get published, but this is by far the most honest, comprehensive, and best. It covers every possible method of publication and gives you honest and practical tips on how to get your work from your brain to the world. I credit this book for giving me the information, tools, knowledge and confidence I needed to break into e-publishing and self publishing my work, and I thank the authors for sharing what they know!
Dana Leipold
Feb 15, 2012 Dana Leipold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great advice from two veterans who've been there. Also easy and fun read! Goes to show how much style and tone really matters--even for a "how to" book. I started using the advice in this book right away and I know it's going to help me down the road. NEVER GIVE UP!

Anyone who is serious about publishing MUST read this book.
Sheila Brodhead
Nov 05, 2012 Sheila Brodhead rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been an incredible help in marketing my new picture book. Great suggestions and ideas for writers of all experience levels.
Lowvee Cole
Nov 06, 2013 Lowvee Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best gift I ever got. A must have for any author who is serious about writing.
Tracey
Jan 10, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I bought this book shortly after NaNoWriMo 2010 (this review got lost for a while, and just turned up). The authors did a guest post on the Office of Letters and Light blog, and it was a convincing sales pitch. I cracked the book almost as soon as I received it - I was in high gear on the Book Thing (note the past tense) and I wanted to drink in the wisdom of these two sages. They are a published author and a former literary agent who are now married. They did lots of research and used Arielle's ...more
Jurgen Appelo
Absolutely the best book I ever read about being an all-round professional book author.
Tim Bales
Feb 16, 2017 Tim Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful book, just what the doctor ordered. Even if you don't plan to write but love to read books! Many interesting stories just add to enjoyment of this book.

interesting, fun, informative and even if you don't want to write but love to read a wonderful look at publishing.
Rachel Laverdiere
Nov 15, 2016 Rachel Laverdiere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guide really is essential if you are petrified of everything that goes into publishing a book. Although the tone is often flippant and the authors work a little too hard at being hip/humorous, they really do know what they are talking about. I am going to let it cool off on my bookshelf and then reread my highlights. I was on learning overload when I read this publishing bible. A second read-through will solidify the things I probably am just beginning to understand.

I used this as part of a
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Gloria Chao
May 25, 2016 Gloria Chao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I bought this book after being lucky enough to work with The Book Doctors one-on-one. I knew from working with them that they know this industry inside out, give great advice, and have a wonderful sense of humor...all of which shone through in this book.

If I could only recommend one writing book to an aspiring writer, it would be this one. It's the only one of its kind that I've come across, which covers everything you'll need to know from brainstorming your book to finding an agent to publishin
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Marie
Oct 18, 2010 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published offers authors advice on how to write, sell and market their books successfully.

I really enjoyed this book. The information is offered a in concise and entertaining manner, which not only makes it easy to read, but fun as well. This material could be pedantic and heavy, but it really comes across as interesting and light-hearted in the hands of these authors. Even though I don't plan to write or publish a book, I found the information fascinati
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Sonia Focke
Apr 26, 2016 Sonia Focke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First: why not five stars? Well, one slight downside for me as a novelist is that this book is geared more toward non-fiction. There are always little blurbs or paragraphs explaining what is different for novel-writers, so it's not a huge drawback, and since I think most books on this subject are geared toward novelists I suppose it's about time non-fiction authors had something for them ;) In fact, it's little enough of a downside that if I could give four-and-a-half stars, I would. I really on ...more
Cynthia Haggard
Jul 12, 2011 Cynthia Haggard rated it it was amazing
Here is another book from my pile of how-to books on self-publishing. THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry covers just about everything you need to know about the Wild West World of publishing today. Earlier this year, I reviewed Dan Poynter’s classic book about self-publishing and praised it to the skies. The only shortcoming with that book was that it focused on publishing an actual physical book. In a way, this book takes up from where D ...more
Daniel Levesque
Feb 02, 2012 Daniel Levesque rated it it was amazing
I have a paperback version of this, and it truly is the most indespensible guide to getting published out there. Not a stodgy text. Pretty hilarious, actually.
This is the revised, re-written verion of "Putting Your Passion into Print", encompassing the new world of publishing and the new ways to get it done.
You may not want to hear Eckstut, who is a mega-agent, tell you that you need to give in to social media (Twitter, blogging, etc.) in order to establish a "platform", but she's right.

Eckstu
...more
Thompson Whatoname
I bought this book in 2010 in my student bookstore, at the time knowing that one day I would like to write and publish.

The authors include a wide variety of information in this book and I leafed through the parts relevant to me. For example, there's a section on self-publishing and the traditional routes of publishing, as well as building social media in order to get your published book to your followers.

They also include small little stories distinctly separate from the main text about real a
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Tom Bentley
Mar 16, 2013 Tom Bentley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though the current state of publishing is a runaway chariot helmed by drunken marmots, there's a lot to like in this book. The reason I bring up the state of publishing first is that no book can keep up with the developments (technical, marketing and otherwise) in traditional publishing, self-publishing, hybrid publishing and all its variants. But this guide is current enough in addressing newer issues of platform development, POD and social media, as well as sound overviews of hoary entiti ...more
Kimberly Dalferes
If you're a writer, are thinking about being a writer, or know someone who wants to be a writer, this book is a must-have. Eckstut and Sterry cover every conceivable aspect of the publishing process including platforms and marketing, agents, contracts and more. I found especially useful their discussion entitled: "Why would anyone buy your book?" And don't miss this list on page 40: "10 Things You Could and/or Should Have on Your Website." I highly recommend this book for everyone out there who ...more
Carolyn James
Jun 19, 2013 Carolyn James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When starting this book, I had zero idea about how I’d even begin to start to sell a novel once I finished it. For newbie’s like me this is writing, networking and publishing 101 all in one great resource book. The big things I liked about this book were their suggestions to making a name for yourself online and networking. The way they integrate new social media devices like Twitter into their advice I really loved because so often people blow off that mode of communication as fluff. Through th ...more
Daniel Levesque
Jan 10, 2009 Daniel Levesque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arielle and David filled a giant hole in the publishing industry. This book is a positive, focused read that has actual Laugh-Out-Loud moments without being schmaltzy.
Real information is presented on everything from proposals, agents, editors and publishers leading to a great resource guide in the appendix. The section on author photos, containing examples of bad ones, cracks me up every time. Particularly "comb-over w/cheese" and "painful smile". David is hilarious.
My never-ending reference g
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