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The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully Paperback – Nov 4 2010


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (Nov. 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076116085X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761160854
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published*

“A must-have for every aspiring writer . . . Thorough, forthright, quite entertaining.”
—Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of And the Mountains Echoed and The Kite Runner

“Before you write your own book, read this one. Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry understand the process of publishing—their advice will help you envision and frame your work so that publishers will be more likely to perceive its value.”
—Jonathan Karp, president and publisher, Simon & Schuster

“I started with nothing but an idea, and then I bought this book. Soon I had an A-list agent, a near six-figure advance, and multiple TV deals in the works. Buy it and memorize it. This tome is the quiet secret of rock star authors.”
—Timothy Ferriss, bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek

“There is no way I would have landed a book deal without these two brilliant industry pros and their insider knowledge! This is not a mere guide. Eckstut and Sterry have—chapter and verse—written the bible for would-be authors of every stripe and genre.”
—Ylonda Gault, author of Child, Please: How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself

“I cannot emphasize enough how well this book prepared me for the path to getting published. It warns writers about inevitable ups and downs, but it kept me from having to learn about the publishing world through frustrating trial and error. It also provided much-needed encouragement through some initial rejections. Now that my book is published, I’ve run into many people wanting to know how the whole thing works, and I always refer them to this book.”
—Roxanna Elden, author of See Me After Class

“This is the book that has helped me every step of way in writing, marketing, and publishing my first book. Any time I had a question—whether it was about working with my editor, agent, or publicist—I knew where I could find the answer. My copy has been earmarked, bookmarked, highlighted, annotated, and loved. Arielle and David are the best guides around if you are looking to get your book out in the world. And as a bookseller, I love putting The Essential Guide in the hands of writers and aspiring authors. I know that I’m giving them the best possible resource for understanding the ever-changing publishing landscape.”
—Melissa Cistaro, author of Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir

“This is a terrific book. It’s practical, it’s fun to read, and it totally demystifies the publishing process. Whether you are just setting out to write a book, or already have several published books under your belt, you will find this an invaluable resource. There is no doubt in my mind that it will become a standard of the industry, sitting right alongside Writer’s Market and The Chicago Manual of Style. (And let me tell you—it’s a much better read than either of those books could ever dream of being!)”
—Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest Stories Never Told Series

“We had been working on our first project for several years, on our own, and struggling without any guidance. We were really discouraged by the entire process. Without The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, we’d still be stuck in literary limbo. Now, with two books published, we’re working on our third!”
—Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi, authors of Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy

“Once I ratcheted up the nerve to self-publish my first novel, I realized there were two ways to do it: Close my eyes, hold my breath, and hit the publish button, or learn everything I needed to know to do it professionally and successfully. I opted for the latter, bought The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, and read it from cover to cover. Then I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. As a result, my book hit #1 on Amazon’s commercial fiction list.”
—Eva Lesko Natiello, author of The Memory Box

“[The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published] offers aspiring authors refreshingly honest, knowledgeable, and detailed advice on not only how to get published, but how to deal with every phase of the publishing process, constructively and realistically. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone who dreams about having his/her book not only published, but published well.”
—Jamie Raab, publisher, Grand Central

“From coming up with an idea to promoting the finished book, these insiders tell you what you need to know and inspire you to do it—with wit, charm, and a thorough knowledge of what they write.”
—Amy Cherry, editor, W. W. Norton


* Previously published as Putting Your Passion into Print

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Praise for the First Edition of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published (Previously published as Putting Your Passion Into Print) A must-have for every aspiring writer . . . Thorough, forthright, quite entertaining. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead) Before you write your own book, read this one. Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry understand the process of publishing their advice will help you envision and frame your work so that publishers will be more likely to perceive its value. Jonathan Karp, publisher, Simon Schuster I had no idea that the code of publishing would be as hard to decipher as the secret language of adolescent girls. If only I had Putting Your Passion into Print when I started writing! Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, the book that inspired the movie Mean Girls (Three Rivers) Putting Your Passion Into Print changed my life. I read and reread each of your chapters, lived by your organizational and promotional advice, and, despite all odds, my rather uncategorizable book is a success.With no track record or cash, we ve gotten onto TV and into national print media, been blurbed by the LA Times and the Village Voice, and sold out a third of our print run within three weeks of launch. Molly Crabapple, author of Dr. Sketchy s Official Rainy Day Colouring Book (Sepuculture Books) I started with nothing but an idea, and then I bought this book. Soon I had an A-list agent, a near six-figure advance, and multiple TV deals in the works. Buy it and memorize it. This little tome is the quiet secret of rockstar authors. Timothy Ferriss, bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek (Crown) Putting Your Passion into Printhas been absolutely invaluable through this whole process!It s on my bedside, with dozens of post-its peeking out! Veronica Wolff, author of Master of the Highlands Series (Berkley) Arielle and David did a masterful job at deconstructing our complicated, often irrational industry. Putting Your Passion into Print is fun to read and brutally honest, but it s also energizing and inspiring. Lynn Goldberg, CEO, Goldberg McDuffie Communications I curled up in a big chair and read Putting Your Passion into Print like a novel. Written with insight and humor, it takes us through the writing process from idea to sequel. I wish I had a book this thorough and thoughtful and downright indispensable for every aspect of my life. Karen Cushman, author of the Newbury Award winner The Midwife s Apprentice and Newbury Award runner-up Catherine, Called Birdy (HarperCollins) This is a terrific book. It s practical, it s fun to read, and it totally demystifies the publishing process. Whether you are just setting out to write a book, or already have several published books under your belt, you will find this an invaluable resource. There is no doubt in my mind that it will become a standard of the industry, sitting right alongsid --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan M on May 6 2013
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I learned about this book when I entered Pitchapalooza, a pitch-writing competition for aspiring novelists. Sterry and Eckstut, a married couple dubbed The Book Doctors, pack a wealth of information into this tome. The duo comes with impressive writing, publishing and entrepreneurial experience. Confession: I thought it might be textbook reading but it isn't. The book reads like a novel with sidebars of author success stories, tips and writerly quotes. It's like taking a course in publishing with engaging instructors who want you to succeed. Prepare to change your thinking--the publishing world has undergone a paradigm shift. An everyday Joe like me can publish a book as long as it is unique and well-written--and I get it out there into the world. I can promote it and network in my jammies once I get well-versed in the social media. My favourite parts of the book? Learning how to write an elevator ride pitch, landing the right agent and getting the word out. You will read this book backwards and forwards.
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The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published is an inspiring read that breaks down the do's and don'ts of writing, pitching and selling your work. Crucial for writers who should learn about the ettiquette of approaching publishers.
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A thorough and very enjoyable read even if I wasn't interested in getting my work published! A friendly and engagingly detailed book that reorganized my priorities and inspired action.
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By Janet Bergstrom on Nov. 21 2013
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This book is very helpful and I am certain will help me get my books published. I am anxious to find out how that turns out
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I encourage the authors to publish updates. This is an excellent book for an industry that is evolving as I type.
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