Written from the perspective of an acquisitions editor for a publishing house who has also served as a reader and adviser for acquisitions editors at presses ranging from small to large to the leading presses in her field, the author helps new writers navigate the confusing myriad choices in finding a publisher. Typical missteps of new authors are presented, along with criteria for making decisions on choosing a publisher – and advice on how to approach the publisher.
Review from Amazon:
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2014
The path from “I’m going to write a book about that” to seeing your work in print (whether on paper or screen) is winding, sometimes steep, and sports more than a few hidden potholes. Here’s your shortcut past some of those first blind curves and potholes, a detailed and thorough guide to the various ways you can usher your creation from your computer into the marketplace. “Publishing for Smarties: Finding a Publisher” guides you through understanding the pros and cons of all the current publishing techniques, from the traditional publishing house that takes your manuscript and does as much or as little as it believes necessary to make it market-worthy—which may or may not include editing, interior design, cover design, typesetting, printing, binding, stocking, advertising, promoting, distributing, and selling—and pays you a modest (publisher-speak for “small”) royalty for each copy sold, through the variations of online publishing that provide some but not all of those services, to self-publishing in which you must provide all those services yourself (and assume all the risk). Ham clearly spells out how to go about choosing the path that’s best for you; this compact volume saves you weeks (or months) of chasing down the information you need to get a good start on the road to being a published author.