Behind the Book
Eleven Authors on Their Path to Publication (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
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Behind the Book explores how eleven contemporary first-time authors, in genres ranging from post-apocalyptic fiction to young adult fantasy to travel memoir, navigated these pathways with their debut works. Based on extensive interviews with the authors, it covers the process of writing and publishing a book from beginning to end, including idea generation, developing a process, building a support network, revising the manuscript, finding the right approach to publication, building awareness, and ultimately moving on to the next project. It also includes insights from editors, agents, publishers, and others who helped to bring these projects to life.
Unlike other books on writing craft, Behind the Book looks at the larger picture of how an author’s work and choices can affect the outcome of a project. The authors profiled in each story open up about their challenges, mistakes, and successes. While their paths to publication may be unique, together they offer important lessons that authors of all types can apply to their own writing journeys.
Praise For Behind the Book: Eleven Authors on Their Path to Publication (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)…
— Edward McPherson, author of The History of the Future: American Essays
“An indispensable tool for writers eager to peek behind the curtain and learn about the realities of writing and publishing. Myths and mysteries about being an ‘author’ abound, and this book shines a bright light on it all. Full of valuable nuggets, Behind the Book draws on real-life stories as well as the wisdom of the very best writing guides to reveal an empowering truth: There’s no one path to publishing success.”
— Katrin Schumann, cofounder of GrubStreet’s Launch Lab and author of The Secret Power of Middle Children
“Contains a treasure trove of advice for first-time writers. . . .What emerges from the accounts is that publishing a book is not easy or simple, yet it is ultimately rewarding.
Budding authors should consider adding Behind the Book to their personal library.”
— Journal of Electronic Publishing
University of Chicago Press, 9780226405803, 224pp.
Publication Date: March 23, 2018