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Seventy-eight Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and Fourteen Reasons Why It Just Might

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An industry insider's blunt, practical, and laugh-out-loud funny guide for the unpublished, filled with advice that may actually help them get into print.

For the hundreds of thousands who buy writers' guides every year, at last there's one that tells the ugly truth: writers who can't get published are usually making a lot of mistakes. This honest, often funny, book shows them how to identify their own missteps, stop listening to bad advice, and get to work. Drawing on his experience as founding editor of MacAdam/Cage, Pat Walsh gives writers what they need — specific, straightforward feedback to help them overcome bad habits and bad luck. He avoids the optimistic, sometimes misleading directions often found in publishing how-to books and presents the industry as it is, warts and all. Here is the first guide that tells writers just what the odds against them are and gives them practical tips for evening them.

Review:

"Walsh mercilessly presents the cold, hard facts about why authors don't get published: 'You think too highly of yourself,' 'You missed your first-chance glance' and 'You scare away agents,' along with 75 other dispiriting reasons. This tough-love approach aims to enlighten writers committed to their craft and discourage those who are all talk and no work. A founding editor of the literary publisher MacAdam/Cage, Walsh has spent a good deal of time reading lousy submissions, and he points out some common errors made by novices. His advice can sound more like an editor's exasperation (say, with writers who can't take criticism) than helpful tips. Walsh also describes the bottom-line world of publishing, which, he says, views books as products rather than cherished works of art. He provides basic information about agents, auctions and promotion. What saves this manual from being hectoring is the author's humor and clear-eyed awareness of the difficulties involved in getting even an outstanding book published. On a more positive note, he recommends that rejected authors cultivate patience and flexibility (i.e., learning from mistakes). Many readers may simply skip to book's end to get to the scant good news." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"One of the founding editors of MacAdam/Cage, Walsh offers his advice in an acerbic but straightforward manner. An excellent primer on the realities of today's publishing world." Booklist

Review:

"Three reasons to buy Pat Walsh's book on getting published: it's a punch in the gut, a slap in the face and a poke in the eye. In other words, a much needed wake up call about the delusions of the literary life. Buy one for every struggling writer you know." Betsy Lerner, author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers

Synopsis:

Drawing on his experience as founding editor of MacAdam/Cage, Pat Walsh gives writers what they need — specific, straightforward feedback to help them overcome bad habits and bad luck. He avoids the optimistic sometimes misleading directions often found in publishing how-to books and presents the industry as it is, warts and all. Here is the first guide that tells writers just what the odds against them are and gives them practical tips for evening them.

Synopsis:

For the hundreds of thousands who buy writers’ guides every year, at last there’s one that tells the ugly truth: writers who can’t get published are usually making a lot of mistakes. This honest, often funny,  book shows them how to identify their own missteps, stop listening to bad advice, and get to work. Drawing on his experience as founding editor of MacAdam/Cage, Pat Walsh gives writers what they need—specific, straightforward feedback to help them overcome bad habits and bad luck. He avoids the optimistic, sometimes misleading directions often found in publishing how-to books and presents the industry as it is, warts and all. Here is the first guide that tells writers just what the odds against them are and gives them practical tips for evening them.

About the Author

Pat Walsh is formerly a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, a self-proclaimed failed novelist, and a founding editor of the independent literary publisher MacAdam/Cage. In his six years with the company, it has gone from publishing four titles a year to publishing thirty-eight.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035657
Author:
Walsh, Pat
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Marketing
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Authorship -- Marketing.
Subject:
REFERENCE / Publishing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
June 7, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.46x5.72x.60 in. .39 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Walsh mercilessly presents the cold, hard facts about why authors don't get published: 'You think too highly of yourself,' 'You missed your first-chance glance' and 'You scare away agents,' along with 75 other dispiriting reasons. This tough-love approach aims to enlighten writers committed to their craft and discourage those who are all talk and no work. A founding editor of the literary publisher MacAdam/Cage, Walsh has spent a good deal of time reading lousy submissions, and he points out some common errors made by novices. His advice can sound more like an editor's exasperation (say, with writers who can't take criticism) than helpful tips. Walsh also describes the bottom-line world of publishing, which, he says, views books as products rather than cherished works of art. He provides basic information about agents, auctions and promotion. What saves this manual from being hectoring is the author's humor and clear-eyed awareness of the difficulties involved in getting even an outstanding book published. On a more positive note, he recommends that rejected authors cultivate patience and flexibility (i.e., learning from mistakes). Many readers may simply skip to book's end to get to the scant good news." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "One of the founding editors of MacAdam/Cage, Walsh offers his advice in an acerbic but straightforward manner. An excellent primer on the realities of today's publishing world."
"Review" by , "Three reasons to buy Pat Walsh's book on getting published: it's a punch in the gut, a slap in the face and a poke in the eye. In other words, a much needed wake up call about the delusions of the literary life. Buy one for every struggling writer you know."
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on his experience as founding editor of MacAdam/Cage, Pat Walsh gives writers what they need — specific, straightforward feedback to help them overcome bad habits and bad luck. He avoids the optimistic sometimes misleading directions often found in publishing how-to books and presents the industry as it is, warts and all. Here is the first guide that tells writers just what the odds against them are and gives them practical tips for evening them.
"Synopsis" by ,

For the hundreds of thousands who buy writers’ guides every year, at last there’s one that tells the ugly truth: writers who can’t get published are usually making a lot of mistakes. This honest, often funny,  book shows them how to identify their own missteps, stop listening to bad advice, and get to work. Drawing on his experience as founding editor of MacAdam/Cage, Pat Walsh gives writers what they need—specific, straightforward feedback to help them overcome bad habits and bad luck. He avoids the optimistic, sometimes misleading directions often found in publishing how-to books and presents the industry as it is, warts and all. Here is the first guide that tells writers just what the odds against them are and gives them practical tips for evening them.

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