Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Book Business - How to Get Published

This was on KUOW, my local NPR station as I drove to violin lessons on Wednesday and if there are any of you who are interested in getting book published (fiction, non-fiction, self-published, print-on-demand, etc), you might want to listen to this.  It's from KUOW's Weekday with Steve Scher.

While I'm not sure all their advice is what I'd recommend or feel comfortable with (for example, they suggest to one woman to mail a self-published book she had printed up as a "calling card" to publishers), I still thought this was an interesting conversation with good info and some inspiring moments.  Just as you listen to this, think critically about your own circumstance, project, etc. to decide what's best for you.

Here's the description from the KUOW website about the show/podcast.


Inside The Book Business With Jennifer Worick And Kerry Colburn

Steve Scher
09/29/2010 at 9:00 a.m. 
Publishers released about 300,000 books in 2009. Behind each published book are the twists and turns taken to get it to the local bookstore shelf. How does a book make it from a writer's mind to publication? What does a publisher look for in a good book? How many books are rejected? Who makes the final decisions? The book market is changing rapidly. Digital books are gaining in popularity. Technology is making it easier to self–publish. Some authors are podcasting the stories they write before they are even printed. How is the publishing industry adapting? Jennifer Worick and Kerry Colburn have been in the industry for 40 years. They'll give us an insider's look and answer your questions. 


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