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

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  104 reviews
The best, most comprehensive guide for writers is now revised and updated, with new sections on ebooks, self-publishing, crowd-funding through Kickstarter, blogging, increasing visibility via online marketing, micropublishing, the power of social media and author websites, and more—making The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published more vital than ever for anyone ...more
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Published November 4th 2010 by Workman Publishing Company (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 ...more
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Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 For unpublished authors, this book provides a step-by-step guide from the germ of an idea for your book to what to do after it is published.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
The title is 100% true. This is a book every writer should own because it is truly the essential guide to getting your book published. It covers every aspect from coming up with a great idea, creating your platform, submitting your work to agents and publishers, the entire publication process, the marketing methods, and what comes next. This book gives you inside tips on the entire process of creating a book and bringing it to market. It helps authors adjust expectations and gives them an ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Stacey Graham
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Elizabeth Naranjo
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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,
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Bible for Publishing.

Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
070.52 ECK
Scan some unrelated to my book, make note on useful part.
Summary: from figuring out the right idea to locating and landing a agent; to selling your book to appropriate publisher or self-publishing; to understanding the contract; to getting paid; to sitting down and writing the book; to becoming savvy about publicity, marketing, e-media and social networking; to setting up the website; to planning and executing a event; to making a promotional video; to be on bestseller lists.

Melody Schreiber
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Daniel Levesque
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Kim Gorman
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
John Winston
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Sherri Moorer
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Jurgen Appelo
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely the best book I ever read about being an all-round professional book author.
Sheila Brodhead
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 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.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
LeeDawna Sunshine
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry is a must read for all authors – from would-be to seasoned. The pages are filled with detailed advice on all aspects of the writing process. With years of combined experienced and insider information they walk you through each step, from conceptualizing your book all the way to effective marketing long after the novelty and newness are gone. What I liked most were the real life stories. Doing the work ...more
Katie Cunningham
I just finished this book this morning, and I have to say, dorky title aside, I highly recommend it for anyone here who is interested in getting published.

* Lots of nuts and bolts. I don't think it skips over a single part of getting published, from finding an agent (including deciding if you need one) to what to do once you're book is no longer 'new' (It came out 3+ months ago)
* Easy to read. It's thick, but I could read each chapter in one sitting.
* A good balance of cheerleading to
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indispensable guide to book publishing

This book has been my guide as I plunge into the publishing world. It contains so many layers of insight into every aspect of the long, long process. From small details that you wouldn’t think to consider, to big questions that help you infuse your values into your overall strategy, they cover it all. So grateful for experienced writers like these who take the time to put down their wisdom for other writers to learn from
LS Schulz
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of good information in here. I agree with some other reviewers who say that a lot of it is geared toward non-fiction, but there is plenty for those who want to publish fiction as well. It is written with humor and plenty of real life examples, plus the kind of tips you could only get from someone who has actually done this sort of thing before. I am sure I will be referring to it in the future.
Tom Golden
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've chosen to self-publish so I skipped over all the parts having to do with traditional. I thought this was an excellent read and highly recommend to anyone wanting to self-publish. It read like a close friend sitting across from me and telling me everything i needed to do to be successful. Buy this book!
Michael Shaw
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent primer if one is planning a book, writing one or attempting to get it published. It was suggested by a trusted friend during the James River Writers Conference and I am grateful for the sage advice. The Guide is detail oriented and intuitively written. Its value lies in how comprehensively the authors defined its scope. Nothing is left out.
T.A. Ward
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone interested in publishing should read this book! The authors write with such humor that you cannot stop reading (a quality I greatly appreciate in a 500+ page book). They unearth what others would consider industry "secrets," and don't pull punches on the pitfalls many authors face in their writing career. If nothing else, keep it on your shelf for reference.
Feb 16, 2017 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.
Frederick Schlabach
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Funny, well-written, excellently explained ideas, great reference.
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