Publisher's Summary

With the advent of submission conveniences offered by the Internet, today's authors face unprecedented competition in the writing market. Adding to that the publishing market is in a constant state of flux, making publishers wary about taking on new authors. Further, a plethora of options for publication make navigating the increasingly complex publishing industry harder than ever. So, how does an aspiring author get published?
Learning the ropes, understanding how publishing works, and having someone who can help you navigate this convoluted system will make all the difference between a manuscript sitting on your closet shelf - or sitting on the top of the best-sellers shelf. In 24 eye-opening lectures, Jane Friedman, publishing industry expert and educator, provides you with sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you navigate this difficult progression, bypass pitfalls that many novice authors get hung up on, and improve your chances of being considered for publication. She acts as your personal guide though the entire process: from finalizing your manuscript to writing the perfect pitch to reviewing contracts and marketing your book. She provides the candid scoop on what you need to do in order to increase your chances of being considered. The knowledge you'll gain by having an inside expert teaching you how to position your book for publication gives you a unique advantage and drastically increases your chances of getting noticed in this increasingly competitive industry.
The reality is that there is no magic formula that will guarantee publication. There are, however, numerous things that you can do to improve your chances and streamline your path to success. Get extensive insights into the publishing process that will help you avoid the most common mistakes and pitfalls that many authors encounter. This course lays out your best options for publication and leads you step by step toward achieving your goals.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Travis Smith on 09-03-2016

Beyond Expectation Amazing!

I've read many books and articles on publishing, so I go into every new material with a raised eye brow. There is SO much bad, misleading, and unhelpful information on this topic that it leads many authors down the wrong path. NOT SO WITH THIS! This was a thorough, entertaining, and intriguing book/class on the publishing industry. Jane is AWESOME! she does a great job being unbiased in giving information about trade publishing and self publishing. This information she gives is accurate and up-to-date and she gives it in an energetic and encouraging way. I HIGHLY recommend this book for writers in all ends of the spectrum of publishing. I for one am inspired and encouraged to keep writing. This is one of the best investments I made for my career. Check it out for yourself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By L. Pelto on 18-01-2016

Hands down - Fabulous

What did you love best about How to Publish Your Book?

I work with authors every day, plus I teach a quarterly course called "How to Publish Your Book" which is only 3 hours -- so I frequently recommend books for them to read. This is my new "go-to" book. Excellent content, not stuffy or favoring one method over another, and comprehensive but not too much to consume. Great job!

What other book might you compare How to Publish Your Book to and why?

Truthfully, I've read nearly everything on this subject because it is what I do every day. Not only is this one more comprehensive, but it is well written. I can't compare it to one book because it covers so many books.

Have you listened to any of Professor Jane Friedman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

There was no way to listen to it in one sitting -- however, I was driving many times while listening and she said something I wanted to write down. There were many instances where I thought "I wish there was a reference sheet" or some other way to get her suggestions on paper so I could remember to read. I was so pleased when I saw that a download of the printed book came with the purchase. Well cone!

Any additional comments?

I love her tone of voice in this audiobook -- it's very personal and personable. High marks Professor! Also, it was very up to date compared to many of these books. And she never once recommended that someone could write a book in 3 days or some other crazy idea like so many books do today.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss E Santiago on 22-05-2016

A top course

If you could sum up How to Publish Your Book in three words, what would they be?

All you need

What did you like best about this story?

Not a word is wasted.

What about Professor Jane Friedman’s performance did you like?

Engaging and pleasant

Any additional comments?

If you're a newbie and need to fake it till you make it, this course will help. One of my favourites in the series. Got quite a few but never manage to finish them. Nearly done with this one and planning to listen a second time

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4 out of 5 stars
By M. S. on 09-08-2018

Sadly only relevant for American authors

Jane Friedman gives an excellent overview of the book publishing process both traditional and self-publish. However don't expect this course to make you eager to jump into the fray and get that book you always wanted to write published. Her number one advice is to have a day job. Also don't expect any words of encouragement or attempts to soften blows - which I take to be an accurate representation of the business you are trying to enter by getting your book published.The only real problem with the course is, that it is American, so all the excellent resources Jane Friedman recommends are completely useless....and often her advice boils down to "use these resources". That was a real shame and prevents the course from getting five stars. I hope that the Great Courses will release a UK version at some point.

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