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Publishing Resources


Browne, Renni, and David King. Self-editing for Fiction Writers Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print. William-Morrow, 2004.

Cole, David. The Complete Guide to Book Marketing, Revised ed. New York: Allworth Press, 2004, 2010.

Deval, Jacqueline. Publicize Your Book: An Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Book the Attention It Deserves. Perigee, 2008.

Friedlander, Joel, and Betty Sargent. The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide. Marin Bookworks, 2014.

Kremer, John. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers, 6th ed. Fairfield, Iowa: Open Horizons, 2006.

Herman, Jeff. Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! New World Library, 2014.

Larsen, Michael. How to Write a Book Proposal, 4th edition. Writer’s Digest Book, 2011.

Lyon, Elizabeth. Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write (Revised and Updated). Perigee Trade, 2002.

O’Conner, Patricia T. Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English, 3rd Edition. Riverhead, 2010.

Poynter, Dan. The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book, Volume 2, 2nd ed. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Para Publishing, 2009.

Rabiner, Susan. Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction—and Get It Published. W.W. Norton, 2003.

Ross, Tom, and Marilyn Ross. The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book, 5th ed. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 2010.

Woll, Tom. Publishing for Profit: Successful Bottom-Line Management for Book Publishers, 5th ed. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2014.

Online Resources

American Booksellers Association
Articles and statistics for publishing professionals

BookExpo America
Information about BEA and registration for the publishing industry’s big annual event

Information, publishing forms, and reviews from Bowker

The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Entertaining and informative Q&As plus Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide

Direct Contact PR
Paul Krupin’s site with model news releases and articles to help you get more publicity

ForeWord Reviews
The trade review journal for independent and university presses

Gropen Associates
Gropen Associates’ Reference Desk for Publishers; articles about common financial, accounting, and managerial problems for publishers

Joe Vitale’s Copywriting Profit Center
Free articles about marketing

John Kremer’s Book Marketing and Book Promotion
Resources for marketing your books

Midwest Book Review
Huge list of links to sites of interest to publishers

The Independent Book Publishers Association
Essential information for independent publishers

Publishers Lunch
Sign up for a daily e-mail report of stories from print media and the Web that are of interest to the professional trade book community

Women’s National Book Association, Inc.
Open to women and men in all occupations allied to the publishing industry

Writers Digest
Articles, conferences, and contests for writers

Other Resources

Lots of people in the industry maintain blogs, such as Janet Reid, Jennifer Worick, and Kerry Colburn.

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