Write That Book Already!: The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark

By Tanicia Bell of WestEd

If you planning on writing a book, or have a manuscript already but haven’t done anything with it, Write That Book Already! provides everything you need to know to take the next step. Authors Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark, BookPage’s Author Enablers, packed this book with equal doses of quirky humor combined with tough love.

The authors recommend writing for the sake of writing and offer advice on how to deal with the challenges of being a writer – the loneliness, rejection, time management, writing when your muse is on holiday, and more.

You will learn how to build a platform for your work through social media, how to write a good book proposal and an effective query letter.

Especially interesting was the section entitled, “Put Yourself in the Agents Shoes.” Anyone thinking of getting an agent should read this section. The authors also explain how to get the agent that is right for you and your book.

There’s also good information here if your book has already been accepted by a publisher. You will learn how to work with an editor and how to let go of any attachments you may have about, say, the title of your book or what the book cover should look like.

You learn how to work with and help your publicist to promote your book and give some tough love all publicists will appreciate:
“Don’t bug or harrass or whine at your publicist to the point where she has to spend so much time talking to you that she doesn’t have time to publicize your book, and might even grow to dislike you. Be polite, friendly, and informative, but don’t use her as a punching bag or therapist. The more time she has to spend talking you down, the less time she’ll have to work on your book.”

Chapter Nine takes an honest looks at the pros and cons of self-publishing. The authors help you decide whether self-publishing would make sense for you or not, and list a ton of best-selling books that were initially self-published, including The Joy of Cooking and The Celestine Prophecy.

The book-selling process is demystified and the power of the book group is explained. They even have advice on how to properly autograph your book. They explain ‘the backlist’ and how to keep your writing career alive after the first book is published.

Appendices contain recommendations from writers on good writing books, the life cycle of a book, and a glossary of publishing terms.

From inception to post-publication, these guys have got you covered – and then some.

Visit the Author Enablers at www.authorenablers.wordpress.com.


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