This operating manual offers clear technical information to anyone in the publishing business, but the emphasis on quality and the presumed goal of finding a major publisher will discourage novices who have delusions of easy fame. Sprinkled with examples from experience, the advice on editing and preparing a manuscript is direct and concise, as are the checklists and up-to-date formulas for tabulating costs. Sections on how to write query letters, find an agent, get along with an editor, generate reviews and publicity, and negotiate a contract will be valuable to any writer. Self-published in 1982, this book in its revised edition surpasses similar works for readability and organization, though much of the information is available elsewhere, chiefly in The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter (Para Publishing, 1984, rev. ed.). Leonard Kniffel, Detroit P.L.