One of the library books I've had around for awhile is Sally Stuart's Guide To Getting Published by, who else, Sally Stuart. I finished reading it over the last couple of days, and it's a so-so book. If you're just getting into the writing field, this would be a decent concise guide to many of the things you need to know for your writing career... getting started, the basics, the business of writing, and so on. If you've been writing (and getting published) for awhile or if you've read a number of other books on the same subject, you probably won't find any new ground covered here.
Also, Stuart is the author of the Christian Writers' Market Guide, and this book is meant to be somewhat of a companion piece to the Market Guide. As a result, you'll see more references to the religious writing market than you would normally see in a book on writing. It's not intrusive and the core information is still valid, but just be aware it's there if that's something that offends you.
Overall, not a bad book for those starting to explore the field, but not much to offer those who have "been there, done that".
As an acquisitions editor for a book publisher and a former magazine editor, I know the challenges for writers to get published. It involves hard work for anyone. I find way too many people are shooting out their work without seasoned advice on how to get published. Sally Stuart has cut through the haze with this well-crafted book. If you are wondering anything from how to get ideas to how to determine if you are a writer, the topic is covered in the Getting Started section. … more
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Every Writer Needs One Book that Jump-Starts a Writing Career. This Book Is It.
In this one-stop writing resources, Sally Stuart will tell you how to:
•Find the publisher you want •Write a professional query letter or book proposal •Approach and work with editors •Decipher copyright and tax laws •Negotiate contracts •Manage the writing life •Set up a home office •Develop your book and article ideas
With practical tips and anecdotes, technical details and legal helps, this essential compendium provides the information every writer needs to get in print and stay in print. Whether you are just beginning or you have been published for years and want to polish up on a few fine points, this is your guide to publishing success.