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5.0 out of 5 stars A concise and essential guide to writing and publishing you own book, 21 Dec. 2008
This review is from: You Should Write a Book (Paperback)
At the beginning of this excellent "How To" book on writing and publishing, Barry Parker immediately demonstrates his firm grasp of his subject, as he stresses points known and dear to the hearts of all serious writers, whether of sober fact or lurid fiction. Love and respect words, use simple and concise English in your explanations, and above all, be fascinated by your subject, infusing it with all the emotion that you feel.
From this good start, the early chapters are devoted to the craft of writing, and contain many valuable nuggets of good advice on how to make your writing live and beckon your audience to read on, and how to avoid the errors that cause them to close the book.

Next he deals with an area of ever increasing importance to authors: how to leap the frustrating hurdle of agents, publishers and vanity publishers - and avoid much expense too - by acting as publisher yourself, from the first step of formatting your manuscript for printing, to launching it on the world-wide markets of today. With twenty-three books to his credit, Barry is well qualified to state decisively that complete self-publication is the way to go, and from my own experience of publishing a novel in this changing world, I heartily agree with him.

Finally he describes many ways for an author to publicise the work, on which much time and effort will have been spent, and selecting at random one piece of advice alone I find it worth the cost of this book: forget newspaper advertising, which is expensive and ineffective. Writers like to write, but even if we do it well, the world will not automatically rush to read us, and we are often innocents in the hard but necessary game of putting our work before the public in these competitive times.

I recommend this concise guide highly. If an author is to succeed, whether artistically or commercially, he must study his art, and Dr. Parker's book is a must-have.

Graham Worthington, author, Wake of the Raven
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