How to Get Happily Published

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Overview

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), capitalizing on contacts (and where to make them), deciding whether to self-publish (and how much that costs), using new electronic media (to publish; to get information, public-ity, promotion and sales; and to connect with enthusiastic readers), and making your work sell better (whoever the publisher is).

Plus hundreds of new resources -- books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, groups, experts and Internet sites covering every step of the publishing process.

"Helped me write 20 books for publishers large and small and start my own publishing company!"
-- Lisa Rogak Shaw, Williams Hill Publishing

"I recommend this industry classic to writers all the time for its practical, common-sense guidance."
-- William Shinker, President and Publisher, Broadway Books/Bantam Doubleday Dell

"I love How to Get Happily Published. I keep it near me as my bible/companion/positive reinforcement, and I'm getting my stories published."
-- Richard C. Nacy, bookstore chain community relations coordinator

"Invaluable... explains in detail the steps authors can take to drum up excitement, interest and an audience for their books without feeling the least embarrassed."
-- Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale

"Most helpful to me when I needed to understand the publishing process."
-- M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled

"The phenomenal Resources section would be worth the price of the book all by itself."
-- Elizabeth Geiser, Director, Denver Publishing Institute.

www.happilypublished.com

"No other book offers such practical, common-sense guidance on the step-by-step process of getting a book successfully published. Must reading for everyone who wants to do it right."
--Elizabeth Geiser, University of Denver Publishing Institute
"Invaluable...Explains in detail the steps authors can take to drum up excitement, interest, and an audience for their books."
Terry McMillan, author ofWaiting to Exhale
"Most helpful to me when I needed to understand the publishing business."
--M. Scott Peck, author ofThe Road Less Traveled
"Among the many books of advice, the best isHow to Get Happily Published."
--Money magazine

The source both professional and beginning writers have turned to for more than a decade, How to Get Happily Published provides writers with advice on all aspects of the publishing process, from constructing a book or article and getting it to the right publisher to working with the editor and assisting in marketing.

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Shaw
"Helped me write 20 books for publishers large and small and start my own publishing company!" -Lisa Rogak Shaw, Williams Hill Publishing
Midwest Book Review
"Highly recommended for all aspiring writers wanting to break into print, all veteran authors wanting to enhance their continued success in the literary marketplace, and all publishers seeking to establish themselves in the literary community as a preferred resource for good authors and an enthusiastic, supportive reading public."
Midwest Muse
"Concise advice on every topic from dealmaking with publishers to going it alone [and] extensive resource lists such as Internet sites, writing groups, newsletters and much more. ... Examples detail how authors have made this advice work for them."
Money Magazine
Among the many books of advice, the best isHow to Get Happily Published.
Publisher's Weekly
"A must addition to every serious writer's reference bookshelf."
The Marcus Letter
"It's taken me thirty years, writing a dozen books, to have learned what I could have learned in one reading of this book. It's all here-and more."
William M. Shinker
"I recommend this industry classic to writers all the time for its practical, common-sense guidance." William Shinker, President and Publisher, Broadway Books/Bantam Doubleday Dell
Booknews
Guidance for the writer in dealing with book and magazine publishers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
If you read only one book on the writing business, read this how-to-classic. In a few concise pages Judith Appelbaum covers everything from developing book ideas through getting the screen rights for a movie on cable TV, and then recommends detailed references for each process. This book can also save you money by telling you how to evaluate expensive courses or conferences as you teach yourself writing and revision. Chapters deal with finding an agent, submitting your proposal and query, coordinating with publishers after sales, self-publishing, getting funding and reclycling prose into videocassettes or lectures. Even if you're an experienced writer, you'll find excellent new ideas and resource materials here. If you're a beginner, How to Get Happily Published is a good place to start.
—Catherine de Cuir
From Barnes & Noble
This longtime industry classic is a valuable writer's resource for successful, profitable publishing. Learn the ins and outs of making deals with publishers, self-publishing, boosting sales, marketing and promotion, more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452254756
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/1982
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Connections, or Welcome to the 20th-Anniversary Edition
Initiation 1
What the Pros Know 11
Buying Advice and Assistance 24
The Plain Truth About Agents 41
Who Do You Know? 53
Shaping Subject Matter 62
Openings, or Where to Submit Your Manuscript 74
Procedures, or How to Submit Your Manuscript 90
A Note on Improving Your Vision 107
Getting What's Coming to You 111
Editing, Copy-editing, Design, Production and Part-and-Parcel Advertising 128
Why and How to Be Your Own Best Sales Force 140
The Case for Doing It Yourself 163
Creation Processes: From Editing to Entity 176
Managing Sales 190
Finding Funding 213
Spin-offs 223
Righting the Scales of Success 239
A Comprehensive Roundup 244
Getting the Words Right Resources 245
A Foot in the Door Resources 276
The Sale and Its Sequels Resources 295
The Self-Publishing Option Resources 320
Money Resources 354
Index 369
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