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How to Get Happily Published: A Complete and Candid Guide

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  12 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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Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
So, I referenced the outdated one, but my library didn't have the fifth version. I actually think I first picked up the first edition, so I'm glad I at least /found/ a newer version.
Wow. Lots of information. I didn't even have time to read all of it, I mainly focused on the self-publishing part, but there is a lot of great resources at the end of the book. Probably would be very helpful to some people.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-june, 2015, writing
I read this for the amusement factor and also because it belonged to my grandma. This edition was published back in 1992, and some things have changed since then. I am more likely to go online to find the answers now.
Jan 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Apryl Anderson
if it works, then I'll be back to give it 5 stars ...more
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A nice, general overlook of the publishing industry, circa 1998.
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.
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Lengthy list of resources.
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