If you've ever dreamed of writing a book or having a book you've already written published, then don't miss Marcia Meier's book, Navigating the Rough Waters of Today's Publishing World. This book covers all you need to know about the current trends in the publishing industry and the various choices you have for getting your work in print. There is a lot of solid advice and Meier, the former director of the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference, uses her significant connections to garner the helpful advice of other experts in the field.
The book is divided into eleven helpful chapters ranging from Agents, Advances and Copyright to Websites and Blogging. The bad news from reading Meier's book is that today it's damn hard for a previously unpublished novelist to be published by one of the traditional powerhouse publishing houses. Furthermore, most publishers won't even look at you without a reputable agent.
The good news, however, is that the publishing industry is in the process of tremendous change and those who are willing to take on the economic risks and marketing time investments of self-publishing may actually do very well (the caveat being that most sell only a few hundred book copies, if lucky). Nevertheless, opportunity abounds for the entrepreneurial author, especially in the genre of nonfiction.
Another bonus of Meier's book is the lengthy list or resources in the back of the book. This is a gem of a list and worth the price of the book (14.95) in of itself. Meier ends the book with positive words of encouragement in her final chapter entitled, Don't Give Up. Indeed, Meier writes this book because she actually wants you to be published. Her best advice for getting published is creating a great product. She advocates learning your craft and to read, read, read. I cannot recommend this book enough for the aspiring author or anyone interested in publishing their work.
For more from Marcia Meier see her in our Adventure Interview and on Adventure Woman Radio.