Successful Authorship Stems from Knowing the Publishing Industry

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New book reveals all the secrets an author must know before writing a book.

The publishing industry is changing and there are a lot more options and opportunities for authors now than ever before. However, with nearly 200,000 books published yearly, most authors don’t know the industry – they just want to publish a book.

Knowing what publishing is all about BEFORE writing a book is crucial. “Study the publishing industry. Understand publishing options and the ramifications of those options. Understand the responsibilities as a published author. Write a book proposal before writing the book, especially for a nonfiction book. If writing fiction, at least be aware of the genre in which you are writing and know your options. Who is the audience? What is the competition?” suggests Patricia Fry. These and more questions are answered in her recently published book, “The Right Way to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Book”

Almost all new authors, who have not done their homework, go into publishing expecting their book to sell by the truckload through major bookstores nationwide. They don’t realize, until they learn something about the publishing industry, that the author is responsible for promoting his/her own book. It’s a shock when they find out that their book may never see the inside of Borders or Barnes and Noble. This doesn’t mean that it won’t sell. It might sell well in an appropriate venue. “But how will the author recognize the appropriate venue unless he/she spends some time understanding the industry and his/her responsibility within it. If you know what you’re getting into beforehand, you will be prepared and you have a much greater chance of succeeding,” explains Fry.

Anyone can write and publish a book. “We have the technology and we have countless more publishing options,” claims Fry. Many authors choose to self-publish if they aren’t able to land a contract with a large publishing firm. But, many of these authors don’t have a clue how to go about it. “Many of the self-published books come with major editing problems,” explains Irene Watson, managing editor of Reader Views, a book review service. “At least 15% of the books we receive to review have only gone through a spell check. But, spell check only picks up typos, it doesn’t pick up grammar or punctuation problems or improper sentence structure.”

According to Fry, before deciding to self-publish, one must take into account their talents, skills and abilities. “It’s important to know the limitations, benefits, responsibilities, and cost of self-publishing,” adds Fry. “Those who succeed have built a business around their project and they take that business seriously.”

Patricia L. Fry has been writing for publication since 1973, having contributed hundreds of articles to 200 different magazines. She’s an author of 24 books, presents writing and publishing seminars as well as teaches classes. She lives in Ojai, CA. Her book “The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book” (ISBN 0977357600, January 2006, Matilija Press.) can be purchased through, at any online bookstore or any Barnes and Nobel Bookstore.

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