Publishing Possibilities, 8 Steps to Understanding Your Options, and Choosing the Best Path for Your Book
By Cheryl Pickett
Brighter Day Publishing, 2009
Perfectbound, 11 x 8 ½
100 pages, $21.95
Review by Patricia Fry
Publishing Possibilities is a pretty complete 8-step program designed to help you understand your publishing options and choose the right one for your particular manuscript. The author offers this through brief, succinct, uncluttered chapters and worksheets.
For example, Step Four focuses on understanding your audience. Step Six is all about exploring your publishing options. And by Step Eight, you’ve gathered the information, resources and tools to make your choice.
Also included in this 8 1/2 by 11 size book is a resource assessment worksheet designed to help you establish and meet your goals. You’ll learn the language of publishing, which will definitely come in handy as you enter into this mysterious field. For example, what is the difference between offset printing and short run/print on demand/digital printing? What does the term paper stock mean and what about trim size?
Are you hoping to land an agent? Pickett offers some advice and provides some facts about locating and working with agents. She also provides a great set of statistics related to what to expect as far as the advance, royalties and your direct sales income.
I particularly appreciate that this author encourages authors to write a book proposal. And she uses some of my own writings as good resources for writing it. She also mentions SPAWN in her resource list. (Thank you, Cheryl.)
Her Inspiration and Motivation chapter is especially useful. Here, she has interviewed 8 authors who share their choice of publishing options and why they chose this particular route. By reading what Michael Volkin, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Alyice Edrich, Alton Pryer and others say about their publishing experiences, you may be better able to make your choices.
People often ask me, what is the best publishing option? I always respond, it depends on you and it depends on your project. Here is the book that will aid you in making the best determination for you and your book.
– Patricia Fry is the president of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) www.spawn.org and the author of 28 books. Read her hallmark book The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book, revised 2nd edition.
http://www.matilijapress.com/rightway.html and her NEW Author’s Workbook http://www.matilijapress.com/workbook.html.
If you are struggling to promote a book, order Patricia’s newest ebook, The Author’s Repair Kit.
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