An Insider's Guide to Publishing

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Writer's Digest Books, Nov 14, 2013 - Reference - 304 pages
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--James Michener

The history of writing is full of authors striving to succeed in a hyper-competetive publishing world, contending with agents, editors, publishers, critics, and sometimes the greatest challenge of all - overnight success. For all of the extaordinary changes that have recently taken place, however, there are a few things that remain the same. Getting published still requires persistence, preparation, and smarts, as well as an understanding of how the business works, where it's been, and where it's going.

An Insider's Guide to Publishing pulls back the industry curtain for millions of published and aspiring authors, revealing Hemingway's famous feuds, Poe's raving madness, Capote's vengeful wit, and much more. With clever insights and dark humor to spare, David Comfort, a thirty-year veteran of the publishing trenches, explores the achivements and faultures of literary masters and editorial workaholics to show readers how they, too, can:Use their creativity and composure to overcome publishing pitfalls.Work with agents, editors, publishers, and critics like a pro.Deal with rejection - and success - while avoiding the madhouse.Navigate the pros and cons of both traditional and self-publishing.An Insider's Guide to Publishing shares the wicked wit and wisdom of some of the craziest and most ambitious authors and editors of all time - proving that even the talented need luck, pluck, persistence, and the inside scoop on this rapidly changing industry in order to succeed!

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This book is not at all what the title suggests; it does not instruct the reader on how to publish. Between the author's metaphorical name-dropping and conflated expressions (“eight round Jacob’s ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

David Comfort has been a finalist for the Faulkner Award, Nelson Algren Award, and America's Best. He is the author of such titles as The Rock and Roll Book of the Dead: The Fatal Journeys of Rock's Seven Immortals, a study of the tempestuous lives, tormented relationships, and tragic ends of Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and Kurt Cobain.

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