The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: A Review & Giveaway

Good nonfiction books give you information. Great ones give you ideas. After reading The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, I have to say it falls nicely into the latter category. My ARC looks like a porcupine with the all the page flags that are sticking out everywhere.

Originally published as Putting Your Passion Into Print, this latest edition has been revised to include the most recent technological advances in the world of publishing. Like most books in the category, this one covers everything from pitch to print. It leads the reader step-by-step through putting together a proposal, finding an agent, finishing the book and landing a publisher. And then it goes the extra mile with sections devoted to publicity, marketing, social media, self-publishing, electronic publishing and more.

Unlike many books I’ve read about publishing, Eckstut and Sterry don’t pretend that every author is on the path to a smooth publishing experience. Not only do they tell you what to do in the best case scenarios, they address how to deal with the worst-case ones as well. What happens if your agent stops communicating with you? What if you sign with a publisher, deliver the book, and they decide to reject it? It’s in there.

The book’s engaging conversational style makes it an easy and entertaining read.  And while the main thrust of the information is geared toward nonfiction writers, there’s something in here for everyone.

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published
By Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
Workman Publishing
November 2010


How would you like to win a brand new, shiny copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published? It’s simple. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. For extra credit (and an extra entry for spreading the word) tweet with a link to this post and use the hashtag #BBbookGiveaway.

I”l draw the winner from my proverbial hat (using Random.org) on November 1st.

Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play.

17 comments on “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: A Review & Giveaway

  1. Ooo. Timely. I have a non-fiction book idea I need to find a home for.

  2. Hey, I’m COMMENTING! Stop twisting my arm!!!!!111!1

  3. Oooooo! Pick me! 😉

  4. Oooh… I guess I will have to comment…

  5. I read the original and now am looking forward to this version.

  6. I so want this book;) Great review, it is what made me want to buy it! 🙂

  7. Sounds like an interesting book and I like free stuff!

  8. Heh. I could write “How NOT to get your book published”. It would be nice to see the other side! (-:

  9. I could certainly use a book like this.

  10. Great contest!

  11. I like the original alliterative title, but I guess the new title communicated the book’s purposes in a more direct way. And yes, I am playing to win too 🙂

  12. I wouldn’t mind winning that books =D

  13. I saw this on the NaNoWriMo forums! And of course I wasnt to win.

  14. Most contest draws I never win
    But for this one count me in
    I’d dearly love to have that stash
    Without parting from my cash!

    (Now off to figure out how to work Twitter.)

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