The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Guide to Getting Published (Writers & Artists Yearbook Gde) Paperback – 27 Sept. 2010
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If you’re searching for an agent or publisher, this is has enough advice to help level the playing field when you finally get into a position to negotiate with the higher-ups about your career and future income.
It provides any new writer completely in the dark about how to present your finished manuscript and what you need to do next and things you need to consider including whether you should get in touch with an agent or a publisher first and when you should do this.
I am so glad I bought this book, its provided a wealth of information I always wanted to ask an author about all the stuff I've read in this book if you are really keen on getting your first book published.
This book also gives you an insight into whether you really have a writers mind frame, and if your doing all the things you should be doing as a writer, and where you might be going wrong if your not already doing the things a good writing would think about.
It makes you understand whether or not you really are taking a lot of thought about your writing because as it says in the book 'get it right the first time' to get noticed, its always good to get as close to perfection as you can to give you that first stepping stone with any potention agent or publisher.
It provides the reality, and there is nothing wrong with that, it keeps your feet firmly on the ground, but it also gives that push to keep going and keep trying.
Whats good about this book is that it also provides you with alternatives to main stream publishers, which is good to consider, just take a look at 'Fifty shades of grey', the author did not use a main stream publisher but the book is selling like hot cakes by those who both love it and hate the book.
The moral of the story is: If E.L James who wrote 'Fifty shades of grey' can do it then........so can I!!!!
Its worth buying.
If there is one fact that comes across quite brilliantly, without being repetitive, it is that no manuscript should be submitted to anyone, at any time (not even close, sycophantic friends) unless it is of a standard that the writer would want to read. I have learned so much ...now to put it into practice with the second of the Simon Jardine series by Tony R. Cox.
While this book will certainly help you to avoid the many pitfalls of getting published, I was left with the feeling that the publishing business is in a sorry state, and that the odds are almost hopelessly stacked against the budding author. The truth is that the odds ARE stacked, and that your wonderful manuscript will have to fight for recognition among a thousand others, so having the right strategy will be beneficial. However, there remains the tantalizing element of luck in getting published. So I wish you luck... you'll need it!