Adventures in the Publishing Trade

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In case you are still on the fence about whether to self-publish or go the traditional publishing route, let me direct your attention to this collection of true experiences posted by author, Alan Weiss. Just to give you an idea of what you’ll read, check out this first one:

A permissions editor told me she was holding up production because all of my permissions (to use quotes of others) were not submitted.

“I always do that thoroughly,” I told her, “you’re wrong.”

“Well, then how is it you’ve quoted the same man twice and there isn’t a single permission filed?”

“Who is it?”

“Oscar Wilde.”

When I told the editor-in-chief for business books, he said, “Please tell me you made this up.”

Incredible, huh? Incompetence in our society is pervasive, and there is certainly no guarantee that being published by a traditional publisher will net you a quality product. Of course, self-publishing is also plagued by sub-par work – in everything from editing to layout to cover design, and more. But this can be avoided! Self-publishers who are serious about producing a beautiful and high quality book can educate themselves and contract various aspects of the project to individuals with expertise in those fields. Self-publishing continues to gain momentum, and I think there is great potential for those who take the time to learn the ins and outs of the industry now.

HT: Arlen Busenitz

How to Write a Book in 16 Easy Steps

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Author Josh Harris shares How to Write a Book in 16 Easy Steps on his blog. Even though I’ve only written one book, I can totally relate to his bit of tongue-in-cheek commentary on the emotional rollercoaster of writing a book. A great little dose of reality for anyone working on a book or aspiring to write a book!

Something Light-Hearted

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My friend (and Marketing Manager), Olivia, sent me the link to this fun Glossary of Book Publishing Terms. Some of them are perhaps a little too close to reality!

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