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Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
January 01
We (Steve and Helen) irresponsibly gave up our promising careers in aviation and bookselling over ten years ago. Now books seem to have taken over our lives. We frequent libraries, bookstores, and thrift shops in search of interesting books. We buy/swap/sell, but mainly, we read. We both wear glasses and have been mistaken for librarians.


JANUARY 14, 2009 1:16AM

Getting Published: The Shocking Truth

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The publishing house MacmillanUSA has finally revealed the true story behind how a book makes it into print. This 3 minute 37 second video, titled From the Typewriter to the Bookstore: A Publishing Story is a real eye-opener for aspiring writers. Take notes and be prepared for the Shocking Truth.



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This makes the process so clear. I'm shopping my autobiography around. Twitter me.
Thanks! Now that I know how, I'm starting a novel about swarthy Italian lumberjacks. Look for it in 2012.
This is so exciting, Freaky and kestralwing. I can't wait to read your books. Maybe you should collaborate -- Freaky undoubtedly has swarthy Italian lumberjacks in her past...
So THAT'S how it works. I never knew. Colour me gobsmacked.

(But that "typewriter" looks suspiciously like a Teletype machine....)
Good eye, Boanerges1 -- that's another little known secret. You have to use the right tools.
I only surmised that because I had to use one of those )(*#%( Teletypes for several years. It was replaced by the marginally better Telex, which I don't think would produce the kind of work MacmillanUSA would deem publishable.
That explains all the World of Warcraft Orcs running around trying to get me to read all the new Non-Fiction.
Well, my son has been trying to get me on World of Warcraft. I guess I'll look at it as an opportunity to plug my book.

(off to look up "swarthy.")
It's true. Since I started work as the book's editor at a newspaper, I have receive every single book every published.
oops. That was supposed to be books editor.
Traigus and Lisa Kern, I have no firsthand knowledge of Second Life or World of Warcraft, etc, but from what I hear, they are quickly turning into "opportunities" for real people and companies to advertise and sell stuff. Fake stuff, but real money is involved. In one way, it's mind-boggling, but on the other, it was inevitable, I guess.

Juliet Waters -- And I bet you read and review every single one!
Until I can figure out how to allocate that to my avatars on Second Life.
This has really cleared up a few things I was wondering about. Immensely helpful. I may have to revise my marketing plan just a bit.
No wonder I couldn't get my book published. My editor was being ornery and only correcting every 4th word....
I'm tired just watching this (though since my boys play WOW, I have a leg up).
I wasn't kidding either. I have had people walk up to me in games and while hanging around in towns strike up conversations about products / TV shows, and (oddly) books. Not in a fan way that is pretty standard standard in general chat channels, but in a kind of "creepy uncle" persona,l up close to you, kind of way.
On the bright side there's plenty of time to finish writing that novel about unsolved serial murders among Italian lumberjacks in Chile, so at least I've got that going for me.
MoniqueC -- Or you could tackle it from the other end, I mean, if the marketing and the money are virtual, why not the book, too?

Ann Patrykus -- You have to keep an eye on those editors, they're a shifty bunch, oh hi Zerry!

Farmer -- Did you hear that WOW has a virtual version of OS? You can get the kids to write your posts now!

Traigus -- yikes

Stacey -- I can't imagine this is helping them sell books, but it was pretty funny. Maybe they just got their pink slips and this was their final project...

MJwycha -- More Italian lumberjacks?! Is it getting hot in here?
one of the drollest things on OS ever.

This is why I don't self-publish. I don't have 18 copy editor friends, and lack the resources to hire. Plus all those places require you to actually go with the trees to Switzerland to oversee printing, and I can't afford the time off.
Seriously? A typewriter when talking about the text being created by the author? Hysterical. Not to mention that dry notion of an author just "creating text," like the story, the prose has no emotional pull.

What a treat this was.