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Posted April 1, 2014
Pros: Excellent, insightful detail, excellent information, excellent presentation, Unique perspective
Let me start with this… This is one of the best books that I have ever read on the publishing industry.
I have read many books on the publishing industry (both traditional and self-publishing). Most of them are helpful; however they often regurgitate most of the same information that can easily be found on the Internet. This book was a little bit different. Written by two insiders of the publishing industry (Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Basye Sander), it provides a unique and user-friendly look into a side that most authors and readers rarely consider, the agent. Readers, for example, will get insight into the submission process, contracts, negotiation,and royalties. Both authors use their vast experience with the publishing world to give their take on small things such as the appropriate time and manner to follow up with an editor. These are things that aren’t really discussed in most publishing books, sadly.
Another great thing about this book is the comprehensive view of the publishing process. Bykofsky and Sander show in various chapters all of the necessary steps it takes to get a book from a query to a completed manuscript on a bookshelf. After reading this, readers (including me) will be humbled by the huge machinery that goes into publishing, distributing, marketing, and selling a book.
This was an incredible book that I recommend every current or prospective author (traditionally published or not) read because it conveys a sense of the immensity of the task behind publishing a book. The book is focused on traditional publishing, except for 1 or 2 chapters, but every chapter offers something to every author. Knowing this before you get into the publishing game will become a huge advantage.
I will definitely be adding this to my reference shelf