Revealing Publishing Myths, Misconceptions, and Realities for Published Authors and Writers Who Dream of Becoming Authors
Publishing a book is something like running a marathon with no water stops and no one cheering you on. The road is long, fraught with pitfalls and traps. This is not to say you are foolish to attempt literary immortality. Quite the contrary. There is always room in the marketplace for another good book.
Your book reveals your voice. Your book is filled with your own blood, sweat and tears. Your questions are many:
- How can you find a publisher, or publish it yourself without losing control, input, or influence on how your work is presented to the world?
- What are your responsibilities?
- How much will or can it cost?
- Who will you trust?
- What is printing?
- What is publishing?
- Will you want a publicist?
- Will you go for high tech digital printing or old-world offset printing? What is the difference?
- What about designers? Editors? Proofreaders?
- What about websites and internet marketing?
- Will your book ever show up on the shelves in bookstores?
- How will you get it there?
In these pages, you will find answers from publishers who appreciate their authors. From authors who followed their dream. From experts in publicity, the Internet, writing, editing and graphic design.
Publisher Valerie Connelly’s radio program CALLING ALL AUTHORS on Global Talk Radio is the source for the bountiful information in this book. Her background as an educator presents this knowledge so you can learn and apply it. This is your publishing guide—the book no one has written until now.
Excerpt from the INTRODUCTION:
CALLING ALL AUTHORS, is meant to separate fact from fiction. It is not altogether a “how-to” book. It is a book about dispelling misconceptions and revealing realities in publishing. It is about the business of writing, publishing and marketing a salable book. The un-initiated, would-be author and those who have tried and supposedly failed to produce the mega-hit of the century, will learn from this book what they have done or can do correctly and what they should avoid doing at all costs. It is based on my first-hand experience, and much of the information presented is drawn from the experience of other experts in publishing, publicity, marketing and writing, all of whom have appeared in 2006 on CALLING ALL AUTHORS, the weekly radio program, which I host on GlobalTalkRadio.com.
I intend to provide insight and commentary that provokes the hopeful author to take a step back, look at what becoming successfully published really entails, and then provide that author with the tools to step into the fray with knowledge to compliment his courage and out-and-out foolhardiness. Yes, it takes an undying belief in your book, money, persistence, and the willingness to keep pressing forward when sales sag more than an octogenarian’s jowls.