Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring BOOK DEAL SECRETS: How To Succeed With a New York Publisher: An Insider’s Guide For Authors by Sheri McInnis.
About the Book: Sheri McInnis has been published by two of the biggest houses in the world – Simon & Schuster/Atria and MacMillan/St. Martin’s Press. She’s also worked with some of the most successful agents and editors in the business, including those responsible for hits like “The Nanny Diaries,” “Sex and the City” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Her books have been recommended by Us Weekly, Booklist, InStyle and more. She knows what it takes to succeed with a major publisher and how to avoid the many rookie mistakes that could ruin your career.
“Getting published was nothing like I expected,” McInnis says. “It’s a long, complicated process and nobody hands you a how-to guide after you sign the contract.”
Until now. An essential manual for all writers, BOOK DEAL SECRETS will prepare you for the complex process of getting published – and help make your first book a hit. McInnis shares every step of her journey, from dealing with literary agents, to editing, advances, contracts, cover design, and much more. Every phase of working with a publisher is discussed in detail, including how your manuscript gets sold in the first place.
If you want a book deal – or if you’re on the fence about whether to self-publish instead – BOOK DEAL SECRETS is a must-read. Along with her dramatic personal stories about film deals, title changes, deadlines and more, this is an entertaining, informative glimpse into the exclusive world of New York publishing.
As McInnis says, “It’s the book I wish I could’ve read before I signed my first contract.” BOOK DEAL SECRETS: the quintessential guidebook for any author considering – or just curious about – working with major publishers.
My Review: I’m always on the lookout for any bit of information I can find to better understand and better determine what I where I want to go with my writing career, so it was only a matter of time before I got to this book.
First off, this isn’t your typical How To or informational book. It’s written in a smooth-flowing style similar to fiction that pulls you in and makes you want to keep turning the pages. That in and of itself is important, but it is also loaded with information and insights into the author’s experiences that can help all authors to better prepare ourselves when deciding on self-publishing, going to a small press, or one of the Big 5.
This is a great source and read for anyone interested in learning about different aspects of publishing.