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. In the basics section, you will examine format, editor-author relationships and rejection. Also this book covers copyrights, practical matters like how to set up your office (paper and electronic) plus answers the question when to go full-time or part-time. Also self-discipline and management issues are addressed. Finally specific sections emphasize marketing, writing for periodicals or books.
Every section of this book is packed with experienced wisdom such as, "What's the secret to my persistence? Early on I learned that rejection happens...And rejection should not stop you from submitting manuscripts." Or regarding the question of part-time or full-time, "Work hard, but be patient. The average business takes from 5 to 8 years to get off the ground and only achieves real financial success at about ten years. There's no reason to expect a writing career to blossom much faster."
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned writer, you can profit from this book.
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 … more
I am an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing. I have written more than 60 books for traditional publishers and for more than 50 magazines. My blog on The Writing Life has more than 1,100 searchable … 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.