Divided into three major sections, I am immersed in Part I—honing my pitch and synopsis, researching agents, and updating my social media platform. While I’ve perused Part II (contracts, rights, working with publishers, and revision under deadline) and Part III (publicity, book launches and the like), those two sections will become more helpful once my manuscript has landed into the hands of someone interested in taking the manuscript to the next chapter of its life.
There are dozens of books to help with publishing and I own quite a few of them. So why does this book stand out as a resource?
- The conversational tone Arielle and David use throughout the book makes me feel as if I’m reviewing this necessary information with a colleague over a cup of tea.
- On those days when I’m feeling vulnerable about sending my manuscript off into the dark, cruel world, it’s nice to know there’s someone who “gets it” and is helping me slog through the anxiety, self-doubt and fear. Oh, and the Book Doctors also help tame that inner prima donna attitude I have about my manuscript! It's a piece of me, yes, but this is business.
- It’s a how-to-put-everything-else-together book. It’s not about plotting. It's not about formatting a query letter. It's doesn't tell you how to write a scene. It’s practical advice about how to handle the manuscript once it’s ready to go out into the world.
- If you purchase the book you receive a 20-minute phone consultation with the Book Doctors. I found the phone consultation to be exceedingly helpful in narrowing my focus and honing the pitch.
Beyond the publishing advice, what can a writer learn from reading and using this book as a resource?
- Voice. This how-to book is chock-full of voice. The authors’ personalities ring loud and clear in the prose. As writers, we must remember to use our unique voices in our writing projects, especially when we’re writing non-fiction.
- The quotes and sidebars sum up little gems of information and flag important reminders.
- It’s a practical collection of well-chosen topics and get-over-yourself advice as you enter the business world of publishing.
For more information on The Book Doctors, visit http://www.thebookdoctors.com.
Do you think you're ready to pitch your book? Don't miss the Book Doctors and Pitchapalooza at the 2016 NESCBWI Spring Conference. Registration opens February 9, 2016. http://newengland.scbwi.org/category/regional-conference/