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Publish Your Book – Proven Strategies and Resources For The Enterprising Author by Patricia Fry

Publisher Allworth Press

Publication Date: 2012

Aimed for the new and aspiring author, this book contains useful information on the writing process, as well as how to obtain literary agents and/or publishers. It opens with the basic self-exploration questions including mythbusters for new writers and questioning “why do you want to write?”

From there it proceeds to discuss issues such as finding a publisher/agent and marketing to the right audience. Self-publication issues are also considered by the author, weighing pro’s and cons and providing strategic advice.

The author also lists resources to look into for book reviews, which is always a useful thing, as she notes book reviews are very useful in increasing sales.

Fry’s book provides both realism and encouragement to new writers. Its faults are in the datedness of some of her self-publishing information, for instance Adobe’s PageMaker has been replaced by InDesign, and Alta Vista is no longer the best search engine. It would have been nice for more information on publishing through Amazon, which she provided little detail on.

Despite its faults, it is still a useful reference guide for writers, though I would recommend looking it up at the library or finding it on the cheap as an updated version could soon be released.

My own books are still up on amazon, Age Of The Beasts the Lost Cities and War Of The Beasts.

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About davepyl

Though I have held many jobs over the years, being a fiction writer has always been my main interest even though I may not have always pursued it well enough. Originally from Princeton, IN, where I graduated High School and took writing related courses, I went on to attend Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN, and obtained a degree in journalism. After working a few years as a journalist and freelance nonfiction writer, I pursed other careers. late in the 90’s my interest in writing fiction resurged with stronger and better ideas, I have taken courses through Full Sail University to help me hone my skills as a creative writer. Now my plans are to focus more on writing fiction in addition to my day job and build it as a career in as many ways as I can: books, short stories, scripts, comicbooks. My writing credentials include: *KNOX COUNTY DAILY NEWS | Feb 1988 – April 1992; Staff Writer / Journalist; * OFFICIAL DETECTIVE MAGAZINE GROUP | 1990 – 1992Freelance Writer / Photographer; *VIETNAM MAGAZINE | April 1995 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Operation Babylift” *MIDNIGHT ZOO | May/June 1991 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Lady In Black” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Summer, 1995 * Contributing Writer Reunion at George Field *QUILTER’S WORLD | April 2004 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Two Visionaries” *STORYTELLER MAGAZINE | Nov/Dec 2010. • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “The Ol’ Conner Place” short story *TALES OF THE TALISMAN | Oct 2011 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Bloody Red Riding Hood” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Fall/Winter 2012 * Contributing Writer Morgan/Bivens Family Reunion * Frontier Tales magazine/ Winter 2012/ Battle of Three Lakes and what inspired you to write your book. The battle between the ani-men and the JLA, from Justice League America issues 221-223-1984.
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