In the Books featuring BOOK DEAL SECRETS: How To Succeed With a New York Publisher: An Insider’s Guide For Authors by Sheri McInnis

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.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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