The Little Guide to Getting Your Book Published takes prospective authors from idea to draft manuscript to published book in a step-by-step process. The book advises writers on creating a book proposal and then how to find a publisher or agent. Whether a trade non-fiction work, monograph, or textbook, the book is guaranteed to motivate and inspire you to get started on the road to publishing today. Written by a book professional with 30 years of experience on hundreds of publishing projects, The Little Guide will help you decide which route is right for you: a big publisher or self-publishing. It discusses the secrets on what you need to know when signing a contract, creating a winning title, and how to find the time to do it all. It includes valuable listings of publishing resources and suggested readings you will want to have at your fingertips. The Little Guide answers all of the beginner’s questions in a direct and useful fashion. The book can be read all the way through or serve as a spot reference guide as authors wind their way through the process. The book is divided into 32 short, focused chapters. Sections include: “Getting Started,” “Writing Your Manuscript,” Selecting a Book Publishing Model,” “Getting Published,” and “What is an Author Promotional Platform and Why it Matters?”
John Bond has been in academic publishing for over 30 years as an editor, publisher, chief content officer, and now Publishing Consultant. He has overseen the publishing of over 500 books and 20,000 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Foreword: A Detailed Road Map
Preface: Helping Authors Get Their Book Published
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1: Starting with a Purpose
Chapter 2: Understanding the Difference between a Book, Textbook, and Monograph?
Chapter 3: Defining Your Idea or Topic
Chapter 4: Developing a Title and Summary
Chapter 5: Defining Your Ideal Reader or Customer
Chapter 6: Deciding on Sole or Co-Authorship
Part II: Writing Your Manuscript
Chapter 7: Developing a Plan
Chapter 8: Developing a Timeline
Chapter 9: Understanding the Parts of the Book
Chapter 10: Creating Chapter Outlines
Chapter 11: Writing Your First Draft
Chapter 12: Adding Tables and Figures
Chapter 13: Keeping Track of Sources and References
Chapter 14: Editing Your Work
Chapter 15: Getting Feedback from Reviewers
Chapter 16: Finalizing Your Manuscript
Part III: Selecting a Book Publishing Model
Chapter 17: Understanding Book Publishing
Chapter 18: Considering Self-Publishing
Chapter 19: Finding a Publisher
Chapter 20: Finding an Agent
Chapter 21: Creating a Book Proposal and Query Letter
Chapter 22: Getting Endorsements for Your Book
Chapter 23: Signing a Contract: Success!
Part IV: Getting Published
Chapter 24: Submitting Your Manuscript
Chapter 25: Understanding a Publisher’s Review and Addressing Revisions
Chapter 26: Accepted
Chapter 27: Envisioning a Cover Design
Chapter 28: Reviewing Page Proofs and the Final Steps
Part V: Your Published Book and the Importance of Marketing
Chapter 29: How a Publisher Markets and Promotes a Book
Chapter 30: What is an Author Promotional Platform and Why it Matters?
Chapter 31: Pursuing International Editions
Chapter 32: After Publication: Continuing the Journey
Sample Form: Publication Plan
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Demystifies the process of publishing in a way that will be invaluable for any new writer.
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