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Just Getting Published Isn't Enough & Being Smart About Getting Published
By Jerry D Simmons
Saturday, November 20, 2010

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The story of two writers struggling to get their writing published. This is a compliation of more than 33-years of publishing experience.

Just Getting Published Isn’t Enough
The first of a two-part article by Jerry D. Simmons

Let me introduce you to Angela Victoria Goodwin. Her friends call her Angie. She teaches sophomore English at a local high school and has a passion for writing. She spends most evenings and many weekends in front of her computer. Angie has been writing for years and has taken classes at the local community college to improve her skills. She recently completed her first manuscript and is determined to get it published. This is her story.

Angie has never had any of her work published. Over the years she has submitted some short stories to a few women’s magazines but has been rejected. For the past three years she has been working on a romance novel that she felt was the best work she had ever done. Her writing instructor at the local community college, a published author of a book on the Civil War, agreed.

Although not what you would call an avid reader, Angie often avoided visiting bookstores because there was so many titles she wanted to read but the prices were out of her league. She enjoyed the writing of a couple of romance authors and on occasion would wander into the local used bookstore and pick up a paperback copy. Even though each of the authors had a couple of dozen books between them, Angie had become disillusioned with their work because the storyline was predictable, the characters dull, and she felt she could write just as well or better.

Angie became a member of a local women’s writing group and she enjoyed the discussion and tips on writing as well as the encouragement she received from the other women. After getting acquainted and feeling comfortable, she began asking questions about how to get her work published. One of the members suggested she start submitting her manuscript to publishers; another suggested she get an agent. Her choice was clear; she went to the library to research the names and addresses of publishers.

She put together a list from around the country and decided to submit her recently completed manuscript. She felt it would be important to have her book accompanied by a well-crafted cover letter, which would describe her work and give the reader an insight into her ability as a writer. Angie spent hours writing and rewriting her cover letter. She began the letter: To Whom It May Concern.

While she waited for the big day when her phone would ring and a publisher on the other end would congratulate her on the book and describe in detail how they would make her a best-selling author, she began work on a second book. The going was slow; the words were hard as the wait continued.

It was almost three months before the first return letter arrived. It began: “Dear Ms. Goodwin, thank you for your recent submittal, unfortunately…blah, blah, blah,” you can figure out the rest. The next letter came three weeks later, then another and another. In the six months since she had mailed off her manuscript, Angie received rejection letters from four of the ten publishers. She never heard from the other six and the process took almost six months and left her deeply disappointed.

She managed to continue her writing at night and on weekends, but she was having a bit of trouble getting over the rejection. At the next women’s writers club she expressed her disappointment to the members. Words of encouragement came fast and furious as she heard stories of writers who had been rejected dozens of times. Everyone told her to keep working; that it was supposed to be about writing and not getting published.

Although the standard line was always “it’s about the writing and not getting published,” every member and most every writer wanted to get published at some point in their lifetime. However, few knew how to get it done. Angie decided to seek out a seminar on how to get her book published. Almost daily she scanned her local newspaper and finally found one put on by someone she was completely unfamiliar with, but nevertheless paid $50 for the pleasure of hearing a three-hour lecture on the do’s and don’ts of getting her book published. Ironically, the main speaker had two books published, one on butterflies of the northeast, and the second a war novel, both published over twenty years earlier. The other two speakers were writing instructors.

Angie took notes at the seminar and felt she had heard a few good ideas. She made the decision to re-energize herself and her writing, to put her nose to the grindstone and finish her second book, while at the same time working hard to get her first novel published. She had a plan, a mission, and felt that if she could just get that first book published she would be on her way to life as a writer and author.

This time her search for a publisher at the library took on more of a focus. She searched for publishers of romance novels. She found eight who seemed to fit her bill and once again prepared for a mailing with a much better cover letter. Instead of sending the letter: To Whom It May Concern, she had the names of the Presidents of the companies. This personal touch should give her the inside track. At least that was one of the suggestions she had heard at the seminar.

This cover letter was more direct and she felt it gave the reader a better feel for who she was and what her writing was all about. She even decorated the outside of the large envelope containing her book and letter with multi-colored pens, another trick she learned at the seminar. This was supposed to draw the attention of the President and make her package stand out from what must be dozens that person receives on a daily basis.

Needless to say, this time the wait was much shorter. In fact, three of the eight manuscripts were marked “Return to Sender,” and Angie got them back within a week. The packages were never opened. During the course of the next two months she received rejection letters from two more publishers, the final three seemed to fall into that deep black hole that swallowed her first mailing.

Angie sulked for a while, and then returned to her writers group more determined than ever. This last round of rejections gave her the impetus she needed to find a way to get her book published. She decided to seek out the one lady who had recommended getting an agent many months earlier. With the name and phone number of a literary agent in hand, Angie finally made the call she hoped would change her life forever.

Angie made the call the next day. The agent was exactly what she had hoped, someone willing to take her manuscript and present it to some of the best publishers of romance novels, companies who knew how to make her book a bestseller. She made a clean copy and sent her novel overnight to the agent, at the same time signing an exclusive agreement allowing this agent to represent her and her work for an undisclosed amount of time.

Within the next month, Angie received a call from her agent informing her that she had indeed found a publisher willing to publish her book. That was the good news, and after that single moment of exuberance came the bad. It was going to cost Angie $2,500 to get it done! Needless to say, she was floored. Her one moment of overwhelming joy was topped by the longest slide down into depression she had ever experienced. She knew instantly she had made a huge mistake.

After some wrangling back and forth with the agent, she realized that getting a book published was much more difficult than she had ever imagined. Her agent was informed in no uncertain terms that she was not going to pay to have her book published. Further more, if the agent could not find her a publisher that did not require an upfront fee, then she wanted out of her agreement and that was final.

The agent relented, allowed Angie to walk away, but in the end it cost her almost $500 for the time and expenses that individual incurred in locating and securing her a contract with a publisher.

After all the wasted time and hassles, her writing had taken a dive and she was no longer able to sit down and create a sentence, let alone attempt to complete her second novel. To her credit, she did not give up. Her passion for writing was still intact; it was the process of getting published that frustrated her. She decided to spend some more time at the library researching some real literary agents. She was able to locate about a dozen, with all the necessary information to make contact.

Having learned from her past mistakes, she decided to do some research on exactly what agents wanted to see and read from a prospective author. She discovered that seven of the twelve only wanted a sample of her writing and an outline of the book. She hoped this would make her process of finding an agent much simpler and hopefully result in the fulfillment of her dream.

Armed with a renewed sense of purpose and the information necessary to land an agent, Angie returned to her novel. Within the next three days she put together an introductory letter, a sample of her writing, and a detailed outline of her book. She sent it off to the lucky seven and would wait only two weeks before she made her next move.

Within the two-week timetable she heard from one agent thanking her for her interest, but informing her that they were not accepting new clients at this time. As her deadline neared she heard from the second agent. Same letter. They were not accepting new clients at this time. After the two weeks had come and gone, Angie got on the phone and began making calls to the offices of the five remaining agents.

Three told her that her package had indeed arrived and was now in the “to be reviewed” file. She would be informed if the agency had any interest. One told her they would get back to her, and the last one said thanks but no thanks. She waited for a return call from the last agent standing. She waited another week and called again.

This time she politely stressed the importance of speaking with the agent personally, not her protective assistant. It took two more phone calls, but her persistence was rewarded when she was finally able to speak with the agent one-on-one. The agent was no nonsense. She told Angie that her writing needed polish; that she was not ready for prime time.

She described in great detail what she needed to do and if she was serious about her writing, then clean it up, inject some polish and give her a call back.

Angie was thrilled, thanked her and told her she would be hearing back from her very soon. She spent the next two weeks, working every spare moment to revise her writing exactly the way the agent described. When she finished, she sent the new manuscript overnight, waited another day, and then made the call. The assistant told her she would receive a call back when the agent had time to make the review. She hoped the wait did not turn into weeks or months. Finally the call came. Even though the agent was not overly confident in her ability to get Angie’s book published, she was willing to give it a try. Finally!

While she waited for the big contract, Angie worked furiously on her second novel. When the agent called, she described to Angie her conversations with editors and relayed the comments they were making about her book. She needed to do a rewrite, make some character changes, rethink the ending, and then come back for another look. The agent was encouraged, Angie was a bit disappointed, but accepted what she was told and agreed to do a rewrite.

For the next three months, Angie wrote and rewrote her first novel, changing the characters and the ending as suggested by the editors. When finished, she sent the manuscript to her agent and hoped for the best. It took less than one month for the editor to give her rewrite the green light; Angie was going to get her first novel published. She was over the moon! She was about to have her first book published, her second was almost complete, and she could envision the day when she no longer had to return to the classroom as a teacher.

Angie had gone through so much. She had faced rejection, learned a great lesson about agents, and fought to get her first novel published. The tough part of her job was over. She could now devote her full attention and energy to her writing. It was worth all the effort. Even though she wasn’t receiving much money, $10,000 for the rights to her first and second novels, she knew she had to start somewhere. The key was just getting in the publishing door.

Angie was about to make the single biggest mistake of her writing career.

Quickly after receiving a contract in the mail, Angie signed and returned it to her agent, then waited to hear from her new editor. That call did not come for over two months. Finally, the editor phoned to inform her of the schedule for her book’s publication. Almost two years away. The editor also informed Angie that she needed to see a finished manuscript on her second book in less than three months. Surprised, Angie took it in stride and finished her second book.

While waiting for the publication date to arrive, Angie was busy on her third novel and an outline for the fourth and fifth books. She was anxious, wondering what was happening to her book, and nervous over how it would be received by the reading public. When the on sale date finally came, Angie raced to the bookstore. There were no copies. She hurried to the next store, and another, and another, and was sorely disappointed that she was unable to find copies.

She waited a couple of days and then went through the same round of visits, again finding not a single copy of her book. She wondered if perhaps she was overlooking it since she had never seen the cover. She thought maybe it was possible she had just missed seeing her name in print. She went to the service counter of the bookstore and asked the clerk if she could help her locate her book. The clerk found the publisher, scanned the list of books the store had received but could not locate anything written under the name of Angela Victoria Goodwin.

She immediately called her editor and was told that her question on where to find her book would be forwarded to the sales department. When the editor called back she was told that 12,000 copies of her book had been distributed and that she could expect to find them in the local supermarket. The comment played again and again in her head. “The local supermarket?” Angie began to wonder what in the world had happened to her book. Vaguely aware that supermarkets carried books, she made her way to the local store and, to her disappointment, failed once again to find a single copy.

After another call to her editor and a lengthy discussion about the ups and downs of selling books, Angie was resigned to the fact that her book was somewhere, in some supermarket or drug store, somewhere in the country. That this was the perfect market for her book and she should spend her time improving her writing and not worrying about locating her book. Her second book would be on sale in another six months, and the editor hoped the first would have a good sell-through. Angie asked if the editor would be so kind as to mail her a copy of her book so she could see her name in print.

Angie never found her first book in any supermarket or drug store. Her second novel was published and it met the same fate. This time she was told the publisher had distributed only 10,000 copies because the first had failed to meet the expectations of the sales department. Angie was informed that her two books had a combined distribution of 22,000 copies and net sales of only 7,000 units, for a 32% sell-through.

The numbers might as well have been Greek to Angie. She was completely unaware of what any of it meant. She called her agent and was told that the publisher was not happy with the success of her first two books and so was not interested in acquiring any additional books from her. When she asked about other publishers, her agent told her that it would be nearly impossible to find another publisher interested in any of her other books after the failure of the first two.

The story of Angela Victoria Goodwin ends there.

She had a passion for writing, worked to improve her skills, joined a writers group, endured rejection, found an agent, had two books published, but now faces the end of her writing career, long before it ever had a chance to get started. So what went wrong? Part two of this article can be found under the title Being Smart About Getting Published.

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The world is full of Angies, and this article was written to give anyone hopeful of becoming a published author a very small glimpse into the world of publishing. It’s not just about getting published, it’s about being smart about getting published. I have spent over thirty years in publishing, which gives me intimate knowledge about what happens on the inside of the business.

This article is one of two parts written as an example of what can and does happen to writers and authors who fail to become knowledgeable about the process of publishing. This article is a work of fiction. Angela’s experiences are the compilation of over thirty years experience in the world of publishing.

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Being Smart About Getting Published
The second of a two-part article
by Jerry D. Simmons

Let me introduce you to Wendy Ingrid Nelson, an aspiring writer who teaches English and Literature at a local community college. Wendy has a passion for books. When she was very young her mother would often take her to the library and encourage her to read. She discovered many wonderful children’s stories and developed a love of reading. She has nurtured that love and continues to devour just about any book placed in front of her.

As she got older she began to discover the wonder of writing, partly spurred on by her interest in language and literature, but more so because of her love of books and reading. Wendy has always loved bookstores; especially the locally owned ones where the range of titles never fails to bring new books and authors to her attention. Because of her frequent visits and lengthy stays, she has become acquainted with several employees of the local independent bookstore. She often visits to hear authors speak and do readings.

Wendy has never had any of her work published, and although she has tried several times with many different publications, she has been unsuccessful. She writes a little bit of everything. Short stories, articles on subjects she has an interest in, and novels about people and the lives they live. She has outlines for three books and is currently working on one about a young mother struggling to make ends meet.

Wendy recently read an article in the newspaper about an author and how she was able to get her first book published so quickly. She was both surprised and amazed at how easy it seemed for that writer. Certainly getting a book published was not that easy. This article motivated her to get serious about her book and also spawned an interest in publishing and how it works. She visited numerous Web sites, attended lectures and sought out writing seminars.

She joined a writers group that met regularly and began to stay long after the author signings at the local bookstore to try and visit with authors about how they got their first book published and to ask for suggestions and advice. As she continued to scan the Web she came across a lot of information, and most was free. She signed up for some newsletters from several sites and continued to research and learn from every imaginable source about the process of getting a book published.

At the same time, Wendy was spending more time at the bookstore to learn all she could about the books being published. She was curious about the business of publishing as well as what titles the companies were actually publishing. She read as much as she could and asked as many questions as possible from employees to authors to members of her writing group. Wendy became a student of the business. At the same time she was working hard on finishing her first novel.

From every source she could find, Wendy knew there were all kinds of publishers, and if she really wanted to get her book published she would need to find the right agent. Through her many conversations, she discovered that there were two local authors living in the area and she went about finding a way to seek them out. She first read their books and became knowledgeable about their careers, all before she wrote them a letter.

Wendy was not one to pick up the phone and call out of the blue. She felt that a simple letter asking for advice might just get her a chance to speak at length about how to go about getting a book published. One of the authors was very kind and wrote back, explaining that she had given up writing after a long career and had been out of touch with anyone in the business for many years. She was doubtful she could be of help to Wendy. The second author called on the phone and agreed to meet with Wendy at a local coffee shop.

Wendy spent almost two hours with the author, extracting every bit of knowledge she could from the woman who had been writing for over thirty years, yet barely made a living at her craft. She was extremely helpful, encouraging, and even volunteered to read Wendy’s unfinished novel. Though terrified, Wendy knew this was a positive step and she needed to take the author up on her offer.

After a few days the author called and told her that the work had potential, but needed some work. Wendy enthusiastically accepted the criticism and set about making improvements. The author agreed to help by re-reading the manuscript. This went back and forth a few times, each suggestion different, but each time Wendy could see the improvements in her book, so she was excited and grateful.

One day, the author offered to introduce Wendy to her agent. She couldn’t believe her luck. She knew this was a big step, and the offer was too good to pass up, so Wendy agreed. A couple of weeks had gone by and finally Wendy received an introductory phone call from the agent. The conversation was friendly, but basically the agent was making a courtesy call as a favor to the author with whom she had worked for many years. She did, however, give Wendy the names of three other agents with whom she might make contact.

Wendy’s author friend was kind enough to write a letter of introduction and so she set about sending a sample of her work to each of the agents. Within a very short length of time Wendy received calls from all three.

Two were not entertaining new clients at this time but the third admired the work of the author who had written the letter of introduction and on that basis gave Wendy the names of three more agents who might be willing to accept new clients.

Once again, she mailed off a sample of her work and the author’s letter of introduction and waited by the phone. One agent never responded but two of the three agents were willing to talk with her further. She had conversations with both agents and quickly discovered that one did not deal with any publishers that Wendy was even remotely familiar with. She asked many questions and did not like the answers she received. Wendy thanked the agent but decided her fortunes would be found elsewhere.

Through all of her research about publishing, Wendy was well aware that there were a wide variety of publishers and that some were not the type with whom she would want her book published, even if this was a first time opportunity. The second agent was extremely difficult to reach by phone, and when she was available, her time was limited. She did send Wendy a proposal, which told her exactly what she would do, with which companies, and what she expected from Wendy, if she agreed to become a client.

Wendy sought out the advice of an attorney who was familiar with contracts, especially those that had dealings with the entertainment business. He read over the proposal, for a price, and assured Wendy that the language was appropriate. He suggested one small change; she returned the proposal to the agent with the recommended change. After a few additional conversations Wendy agreed to let the agent represent her book. She had an agent that she trusted, signed an agreement that she felt represented her interests, now all she hoped for was a chance to become a published author.

Within a matter of months the agent presented the novel to several publishers, a few showed interest, but current circumstances prevented them from making any sort of serious offer. Wendy kept up with everything the agent was doing, to whom she was making presentations, and asked for and received the names of every editor that read her manuscript.

Armed with that information, Wendy researched the editors, the authors and books they had worked with, the sales success of the titles, and any other information about the publisher that she could find. Her efforts paid off in many ways because she was able to inform the agent that there were certain publishers she did not care to be associated with. The agent understood Wendy’s reluctance to deal with some publishers, but tried to convince her that getting that first book published was the key.

Wendy held her ground and responded to the agent that the key was getting the right editor with the right publisher that had a history of turning unknown writers into best-selling authors. She explained that she wanted to make a career of writing and that even though the first step may be the most difficult, it was important to get it right. She said she only had one first shot and she wanted to make the most of it. And all the while she continued to write, completed her second novel, outlines for two more, and was working on her third book, still waiting for the right opportunity.

The chance came when the agent called to tell her that a publisher was looking for a book to crash their current list. Since Wendy’s was long ago finished, the editor had asked to see a copy, had read it and wanted to publish it as part of their current list. Wendy was offered a minimal amount of money for this one book, and a contract was being sent to her immediately.

Wendy was cautiously optimistic. She knew from her research of the industry that crashing a title was not always the best way for a new writer to try and launch a career. However, the publisher did have a good reputation, and the name of the editor was at least recognizable. She received the contract and quickly took it to her lawyer for review. He felt everything was in order, the language was correct, the one change that Wendy requested was the opportunity to be a part of the decisions surrounding her book. She signed and mailed it back.

The agent knew about Wendy’s request and felt it could possibly cause the deal to fall through. Since Wendy was a new author, such a request was highly unlikely to be accepted by any publisher, especially one with a good reputation. Well, the agent was partly right. The publisher refused to accept Wendy’s request to be part of the decision making, however the deal did not fall through. If Wendy wanted her book published she would have to agree to do it on their terms.

She agreed, of course, but did get a verbal assurance that her suggestions would be given consideration and she would be allowed to meet members of other departments working on her book. It was the best deal she could hope for, the money far short of even that of her teaching salary, but it was a start, and it was a good one. She quickly arranged to fly off to the home office of the publisher and go about meeting the department heads that would be working on her book.

And the trip really opened her eyes. First she met her editor and discovered that she was, in fact, an editorial assistant that had worked on many books that Wendy had researched, but her boss was the actual editor in charge. She also met members of other departments. Many were assistants and one was an assistant to another assistant. Wendy was not meeting the heads of departments, but rather members of that department.

She decided to make the most of it and collected business cards from each and every person she met. She was kind, courteous, and appreciative of everyone and the work they were about to do on her first novel. Wendy made a good impression and asked tons of really good questions. Some of the answers she liked and others gave her reason to wonder if in fact the person providing the answer actually knew what they were talking about. She took many notes and knew that upon returning home she would have a lot of additional research to do on the business of publishing.

The one area that her editorial assistant seemed to ignore was the sales and marketing department. Wendy was well aware of the importance of that group in the success of her book, especially since it was being crashed, but the assistant and the editor seemed to try and make every excuse to avoid having to venture into the sanctum of the sales and marketing departments. Since her time at the office was limited, Wendy pressed the issue and was eventually given the brief opportunity to meet a member of the sales team, but not the boss.

She made the most of her brief time and impressed the salesperson enough that he agreed to give her more time on the phone once she returned home. Wendy collected a business card and was satisfied she had done all she could during that one visit. She returned home, exhausted, but encouraged that the company publishing her first book was one that would do a very good job. She also knew her job was not finished but just beginning. The next few months before publication would be critical to her success.

Early in her writing career, before the first contract, Wendy understood the importance of becoming a student of the marketplace and the business of publishing. She had wandered across a Web site and read a book written by a veteran of the sales and marketing wars of a major New York trade publisher. The book had offered her a real education on how things worked, what happens to her book once she signs that contract, and how she could avoid some of the pitfalls. She used the advice from the book on her trip and was amazed how helpful it had been.

After she returned from her trip, Wendy researched the notes she had taken and was amazed at how much she had learned about the business behind the books. She wrote e-mails of thanks to everyone she had met and let each one of them know that she wanted to help them anyway she could. She also wrote an e-mail to the salesperson she had briefly met and asked for additional time on the phone. She was taking the right steps, asking the right questions, and making a positive impression on her new publisher.

When the time came for her conversation with the salesperson, she quickly impressed him with her knowledge of print orders and distribution. She asked really good questions and got great answers. The salesperson walked away from that conversation and soon spread the word that the new author with the book being crashed was nobody’s fool. That word spread quickly and soon everyone knew that the new author with the crashed book was on top of her game.

Wendy stayed in very close contact with her editor and made good suggestions at the appropriate time in the publishing cycle. She knew the reasons behind the decision to crash her book and understood the positioning of her book. She was slowly learning the numbers and importance of distribution, thanks in part to her ability to gather information from the salespeople she had met, and from reading the one behind the scenes book that really made sense.

She managed to have discussions with the head of the sales group currently selling her book and was able to relay her willingness to help in any way necessary to assure her book got the kind of exposure in the market that she desired. She also clearly understood that many of the factors surrounding the sales to buyers were out of her control.

When the on sale date arrived, Wendy was everything you expect a new author to be. Hopeful, yet worried, anxious, yet hoping above all else that she had helped to make the right decisions about her book. She knew what was going on, when it was happening, and was accepting of everything that had been done. She was new to the business and had learned a tremendous amount from this first experience, and was thankful for the advice she had received from everyone.

The day finally arrived. She drove to the bookstore and was thrilled beyond belief when she saw three copies of her book on the shelf of the new author section of her independent bookstore. She had previously arranged with her publisher and the store management to have shelf talkers placed in front of her book stating that she was a “local author.”

As she stood and admired seeing her name in print, she knew that the success or failure of a book in print was dependent on many factors. Some she could control, and some she couldn’t. Above all else it had been important for her to be a student of publishing.

After a week, Wendy cautiously ventured back into the bookstore and to her surprise found that two of the three copies had sold! She went to the customer service desk and in fact discovered that two copies actually did sell; they were not lost or misplaced, but in fact sold to reading customers. Words could not describe how she felt. In fact, not only had two copies sold, but the storeowner had also reordered three more!

Wendy had learned that the announced first print on her book was 25,000. She knew the insignificance of this number and wanted to know what the actual print numbers were. She was told 17,500. Next she wanted to know exactly how many copies were distributed and the answer was 16,000. After a few months Wendy learned that 9,000 had sold at retail and a total of 3,000 had been reordered. She could not have been happier!

You should know that she sold her second and third novels to the same company that published her first. Her success was clearly aided by her understanding of the publishing process and the business as a whole. This was due to her determination to become a student as well as doing everything she could to learn the publishing business. Wendy worked hard at her writing and her efforts and desire paid off. She is now a full time writer and her career is on the right track.

The story of Wendy Ingrid Nelson ends here.

She had a passion for writing, worked to improve her skills, joined a writers group, became a student of the business of publishing, sought out the right agent, and began what could be a promising career as a writer/author. She was smart about getting published.

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Wendy was smart about getting published. She took the right steps before she launched her publishing career. Unfortunately, getting your manuscript published is more than just finding an agent, editor and publisher. Much more! You need to be wise to the inner workings of the publishing business.

This two-part article is a work of fiction. Wendy’s experiences are the compilation of over thirty years experience in the world of publishing. This gives the reader a small glimpse into what can and does happen to unsuspecting writers who are determined to see their work published.

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The author, Jerry D. Simmons is a 33-year veteran of publishing, 25 in New York with Random House and the former Time Warner Book Group as Vice President, Director Field Sales. His sales division generated hundreds of millions of dollars in book sales across the United States and Canada.

Over the years he has worked on thousands of New York Times bestselling titles and hundreds of New York Times bestselling authors including:
• James Patterson
• David Baldacci
• Sandra Brown
• Nicholas Sparks
• Nelson DeMille
• Michael Connelly

He is the founder of www.WritersReaders.com which has become the source for information about book publishing. His eNewsletter TIPS for WRITERS from the PUBLISHING INSIDER is read by writers around the world.

His book, WHAT WRITERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PUBLISHING is reviewed at this web site.

Jerry speaks around the country and his articles have appeared in Writers Digest and across the Internet. He spends his time writing, teaching, and speaking with writers about the importance of understanding the marketplace and educating them about the business of publishing while sharing the secrets of the largest booksellers and publishers in the world.

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