Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

What’s better than one blog giving away a book? Two blogs giving away books! I’ve partnered up with friend and very funny fellow writer Stacey Graham (from Betwixt & Between) to review the latest must-have writing tool from Workman Publishing and help a couple of folks receive their very own free copy. Giveaway details are listed just after the review.

If someone had handed me a copy of THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry when I was sixteen, my professional writing career would be very different—and better—today. (For one thing, I would have known about the Internet and E-books back in the 1980s, ka-ching!)

I have been a writer for most of my life so far, and I’ve read a LOT of books on the subject. Usually, at some point during the book, I’ll find a passage or idea and call bullcrap on it. That didn’t happen with this book. Eckstut and Sterry covered every base I could think of, and added a few I didn’t know about.

Building platforms, getting an agent, working with editors, understanding contracts, untangling the web of ebooks, tackling marketing and publicity: it’s all here in clear, honest and often funny language. As a humor writer, it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, and this book did it several times. The authors hooked me with an up-to-date social media section, including an interview with noted author and Master Tweeter Neil Gaiman conducted over Twitter.

As a multiple-year NaNoWriMo winner, I also loved seeing Chris Baty’s proposal for his book, NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! The book even wraps up with the very proposal Eckstut and Sterry used, so you have two winning examples to use as blueprints.

The self-publishing section is comprehensive; the subject has its share of champions and foes in the publishing world, and I find my own opinion changing depending on the time of day. They explain the different types of self-pubbing, what to avoid, and how to sell successfully.I think one of the most important sections is the explanation between vanity presses and legitimate self-pubbing; if you don't know the difference, you must read it.

No matter what type of book you want to write and see published, this guide will help you through the process better than any combination of Scotch and prescription drugs.

And now for the best part! Winning your very own copy of THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED! There are several ways to enter:

  1. Follow me @plaidearthworm and Stacey (@staceyigraham) on Twitter and mention the giveaway with a link back to our blogs, using the hashtag #GTBPgiveaway
  2. Give both sites a "thumbs up" using StumbleUpon
  3. Tell us on both blogs why you need this book in our comments section. Be sure to tell us if you are following us on Twitter - please leave your @ID and your email address so we are able to contact you if you win!
  4. The winners will be chosen on November 2, 2010, by and announced on both sites.

Good luck to all of you!


Ana Goncalves said...

Seems like I am already following you both via Twitter. :) My ID on Twitter is: TruAnaGoncalves. I am truelyana from Absolute Write and have also just tweeted about this Giveaway. Much love and this is a great opportunity to give away such an insightful and helpful book. I would use this book to help me with my current publishing work. I think that as a Writer one can never have enough help, and I think it will only increase my knowledge of the writers world. I wonder whether this book takes into account writers from the UK? Or is it just a universal book to help one get published? And see which is the most accessible way to go about it?
P.S-Also having a giveaway on my blog if interested. Giving away a pick of 3 fantasy books and 1 craft book, for two winners.

Michelle at Clover Hill Book Reviews said...

I've heard that there's a book somewhere in everyone. I started writing a book in my teens, but didn't continue, maybe this would be of inspiration and help. Like Ana Goncalves, I wonder if this is suitable for a UK audience also?

Unknown said...

Ana, hey there! For you and Michelle, I think the social media section applies to anyone. I'm not that familiar with how UK publishing works but I would imagine it is similar. Good luck to you both!

Andrea said...

I'm getting seriously close to finish my novel and I'm starting to realise that there are a lot of things about publishing that I don't know. Oh no, wait a moment, I actually don't know anything about how this world works! So it definitely would be an awful lot of help.
I'm @words2live at twitter.