By Anne Trubek
June 16, 2020
5" x 7"
Anne Trubek wrote several books, was a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and was a tenured English professor before she decided to launch a publishing company. To start and run this small press, she had to teach herself the ins and outs of a confusing, often archaic, strangely shrouded industry from yet another angle: business owner, publisher, and editor. In So You Want To Publish A Book? Trubek, who also writes the weekly newsletter Notes From A Small Press, provides insights from her journeys through all facets of writing, making, and writing about books, offering authors, authors-to-be, and the curious concrete advice and information about the publishing industry. Chapters discuss book proposals, publicity, developmental versus copy editing, how to make friends (and enemies) with independent bookstores, the differences between "Big Five" and independent presses, royalties, and cover design. Handy, humorous charts such as "Five Things Aspiring Authors Should Never Say," "Wait, Wholesalers Receive How Much of A Discount?" and "The Indignity of Returns," along with illustrations by Belt cover designer David Wilson, will help readers feel less confused by the process and, armed with more transparent understanding of the industry, more prepared to publish, promote, and purchase books wisely and successfully.
Anne Trubek is the founder and publisher of Belt Publishing, as well as the author of The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting and, A Skeptic's Guide To Writers' Houses, editor of Voices From the Rust Belt, The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, and Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology. She also founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of Belt Magazine, served on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, and was Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Composition at Oberlin College.
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