Item description for Calling All Authors - How to Publish with Your Eyes Wide Open by Valerie Connelly...
Publishing a book is something like running a marathon with no water stops and no one cheering you on. The road is long, fraught with pitfalls and traps. This is not to say you are foolish to attempt literary immortality. Quite the contrary. There is always room in the marketplace for another good book. Your book reveals your voice. Your book is filled with your own blood, sweat and tears. Your questions are many. In these pages, you will find answers from publishers who appreciate their authors. From authors who followed their dream. From experts in publicity, the Internet, writing, editing and graphic design. Publisher Valerie Connelly's radio program CALLING ALL AUTHORS on Global Talk Radio is the source for the bountiful information in this book. Her background as an educator presents this knowledge so you can learn and apply it. This is your publishing guide-the book no one has written until now.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Nightengale Press
ISBN 1933449438 ISBN13 9781933449432
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A Must Have for any Author! Aug 22, 2007
The front cover reads "revealing publishing myths, misconceptions & realities..." and this book definitely lives up to that. There are plenty of books flooding the marketplace telling authors that "they, too, can be a best-selling author if they will only follow this advice..." but Valerie Connelly's book truly tells it like it is. She doesn't hold back punches, but gives authors the true story of the publishing industry and what it takes to become successful. She uses a "bull's-eye" approach to marketing that makes great logical sense, is easy to follow and implement, and I am already seeing results from using it. She has wonderful worksheets for publicity campaigns, interviews, book signings, and even budgeting. Valerie has the bonus of being a successful author AND a successful publisher, and she also draws upon dozens of in-depth interviews she's done through her radio program, "Calling all Authors", in which she's interviewed publishers, publicists, agents, and authors. She has definitely done her homework with regard to every aspect of this book. I only wish I had it when my first suspense was published in 2002 - it would have saved me a lot of false starts when I was learning the promotional angle. I will be using it as a blueprint to follow with my subsequent books... It has also provided the realities of the "big NY publishers" that so many aspire to, and how the smaller and mid-size publishers are changing the face of the industry. Whether you are a brand-new author or you've had several books published, and regardless of your current level of success, there's a lot you can learn from this book.Take the Mystery Out of Promoting Your Book
Reviewed by Barb Radmore Jun 20, 2007
The road to a published book is a long and arduous one. From the first dream of being a writer to being a published author is the culmination of years of learning the craft, writing draft after draft until it is the perfect masterpiece. But then comes the very difficult step of actually finding a way to convince the rest of the world to read this work of art. Most authors feel their job is done once their book is in print form. They do not know that this is the time that the most difficult leg of their journey begins. Valerie Connelly has written a guide to educate authors as to the fine points of book publicity and book sales. Calling All Authors is a clearly written, thorough primer for both new and less experienced authors to increase their chances of a successful book selling experience.
The chapters are well divided to follow the chronological process through which each author should go, beginning with a look at "Who is My Reader" and ending with a detailed look at the process of writing a press release and how to best use the internet to its ultimate advantage. Bulleted lists allow the reader to absorb the many tips in an easy to follow format. The language is written so that it can be comfortably absorbed but does not spare in range and scope of instruction. The format is easy to follow yet contains a wealth of information, tips and insiders' knowledge.
Valerie Connelly is both a published author and the owner of a publishing company. This book is based not only on her own personal knowledge but also those of her peers. She includes advice and comments from many other publicists, publishers and current authors to proved a full, in depth look at the realities of book publishing. The compilation of many experts in the many phases of the PR process adds to the breadth of information. She also draws on many of the information she has covered as the host of the radio show also titled Calling All Authors. Because of the growth of the self publishing and vanity presses there is a large number of books on the market that address the issues inexperienced authors will face. The aspect of Calling All Authors that make this book unique is that this book is both textbook and workbook. Ms Connelly has created fill in the blank outlines that let the reader practice and create their own plans for success. She has provided a systematic method for authors to plan and carry out a marketing campaign that raises the potential to reach their intended population of readers. Since she realizes that writers best organize their thoughts and plans by physically putting their thoughts on paper she has given them the format to do so.
Calling All Authors will be a true gift to the debut author who is struggling with the next step in producing a book. Valerie Connelly understands and sympathizes with authors and has given them the guide book through the tricky trail to reach the elusive book buyer. With her help, authors will traverse the passage from book production to book sales. It is not an easy trip but this book could make it smoother with less hazards and detours.