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Monday, February 6, 2012

New Authors Start Writing/Publishing With More Ideals than Information

I'll just write a book
and make a million dollars
A little of the business of writing and some great resources regarding such are included in tonight's post.

Most newbie authors go about writing and publishing projects all wrong :))) And this ass-backwards start, as it were, greatly diminishes their chance at success.

Patricia Fry, author of "Publish Your Book," has the prescription for the fix.

Here, then, is Patricia Fry presented by Glenn Dromgoole of Abilene's ReporterNews:

Write your book and get it published

Patricia Fry, author of "Publish Your Book," says she has heard that "81 percent of the public believe they have a book in them."

She may be right. Certainly I hear from quite a few folks who want to write a book and get it published. If you feel that way, Fry's book is a great place to start.

My column focuses on Texas books, and Fry isn't from Texas. She lives in California. But her book is so relevant to aspiring authors that I thought this would be a good forum to tell about it.

"Publish Your Book: Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author" (Allworth Press, $19.95 paperback) is a very practical 232-page guide to writing and publishing a book. It covers such topics as finding a publisher, pay-to-publish companies, self-publishing, writing a book proposal, organizing and writing the book, and marketing and promoting it.

Author of 35 books herself, Fry writes a blog about publishing (go to her website, patriciafry.com), is executive director of the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network, and speaks often at writing conferences.

At those sessions, she said, she is often asked these questions:

"I'd like to become a writer. How do I get started?"

"I've written a book. How do I go about getting it published?"

"What's the best way to promote a book?"

Read and learn more

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