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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (27 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408128950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408128954
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harry is the author of the Fiona Griffiths series of crime novels, set in Cardiff and featuring a heroine described by the Sunday Times as 'The most startling protagonist in modern crime fiction ... brutal, freakish and totally original.' Harry - slightly less freakish than his creation - lives in Oxford with his wife and young family. He also runs The Writers' Workshop, an editorial consultancy for new writers. His books on Getting Published and How to Write are among the leading titles in their field.

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'If you are thinking of having your book published, here you will find all the guidance and advice you need.'
--Writing Magazine, 1st March 2011

About the Author

Harry Bingham has authored 5 novels for HarperCollins and two non-fiction titles with 4th Estate. He was included in WHS Fresh Talent Promotion, was shortlisted for WHS's Thumping Good Read Award, and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Prize. He writes for national newspapers, is the founder of the Writers' Workshop and The Word Cloud - an online community for writers.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By AnjaP on 21 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
Wow! At last a book that really offers the information and expert guidance that I have been needing.

As hope-to-be-published writer myself, I've read most of the other books on this same topic - Pitch to Publication, The Dummies guide and the Insiders Guide by Rachael Stock - but this one is, IMHO, way better for content and readability. Fiction and non-fiction are both well-covered. The pick of the bunch by a country mile.

The first part of the book deals with the money side of things. How much can you expect to sell your book for? What is a realistic financial expectation if you're successful? You may not like the answers, but Getting Published gives them to you frankly and openly. The blurb about the author shows he has had both fiction and non-fiction best sellers. Plus he runs a huge literary consultancy and has helped many get their own works on to the best seller lists. So I guess he is a rare thing: author-publisher-agent all in one. And his expertise really shows.

Book then moves on to the whole business of determining whether your manuscript is ready to sell and what to do if it's not. As mentioned, author runs an editorial consultancy, so he's potentially biased here, but I will say he makes his bias very clear and he does push you to ask whether you're sending your manuscript out too early. (He made me think that I've been guilty of that. Sigh!)

The next section of the book is titled 'Planet Agent'.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Double Espresso on 19 Nov. 2010
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When I approach a book that purports to 'show me how', I usually home in on the chapter, sentence or diagram I need and forget the rest. That is impossible to do with Harry Bingham's guide, 'Getting Published'. He had me riveted, he had me laughing (sometimes uncomfortably at my past mistakes and delusions) and above all, he informed me in a painless manner. The book is full of information that I have found nowhere else, and answers puzzles I couldn't solve six years ago when I began writing. Above all it is honest. The publishing industry is changing all the time, there is a sea of manuscripts out there, and the possibility of any author getting published is low.

This book won't teach you how to write, but if you have a manuscript in your hand, it will take your through the scary process that follows. With the aid of 'Getting Published' and enough detachment to view your work as others see it, you are in a good position to get your work read. That is just the start of the adventure, and Harry Bingham doesn't leave you on the agent's doorstep. His book continues to be a useful companion throughout the whole process that follows. This book should help established authors as well as newcomers.

'Getting Published', The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Guide to Getting Published: The Essential Guide for Authors (Writers & Artists Yearbook Gde) is filled with contributions from experts in all areas of the publishing business, and one of the qualities that struck me about the book is its even-handedness. Many views are expressed, and you can take your pick.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Emma Darwin on 4 Oct. 2010
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Harry Bingham knows whereof he writes, and from the aspiring writer's, the author's AND the industry insider's point of view. And yes, as authors we still aren't really insiders, and that's part of the point: this book is designed not only to help you set about getting your writing published, but also to explain a myriad things which agents, editors, publishers and booksellers either forget you won't know, or would rather you didn't. Either way, they won't tell you but Harry Bingham will. It's stuffed full of advice, information and revealing facts, but it's also funny and humane: a reality check and a handbook, a professional advisor and a friend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony James Slater on 8 Nov. 2010
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What more can I say? If you're trying to get published (and I can hardly believe how many of us there are), then you really need to BUY THIS BOOK.

It's so honest, which can be frightening at times, but also full of sensible encouragement. The best thing is the no-nonsense way in which all the myths and machinations on the publishing industry are dragged into the harsh light of day. One thing I've heard and read time and time again on writer's guidelines and websites is DO YOUR RESEARCH. Well here it is! A complete understanding of the way the industry works, what to do and not to do, how to approach and how to find who to approach - and yes, how to do EVEN MORE RESEARCH!

I heard about this book online, on a writing community. I pre-ordered it immediately in the hope that for a brief while it would give me The Edge. But pretty soon everyone will have it. Perhaps I should give it a bad review instead, so that I can drag my way out of the slush pile over the bodies of manuscripts that didn't benefit from this advice...?

Nah. I'm not that kind of guy. Buy GETTING PUBLISHED asap - and maybe, just maybe, you will!

Tony James Slater
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