Obviously, there are many books on this subject, but I particularly like this one because Sumsion goes into the publishing process – especially print publishing – in depth.
She starts by grouping authors into three categories: best-seller hopefuls, make-a-buck authors, and writers for posterity (Most experts and thought leaders fall into the middle category, although they probably won’t like the term “make a buck”!) Throughout the book, she breaks down her advice into specific points for each of these categories, which is very useful for readers.
The book is in three parts: writing, publishing and publicity. The first section is the shortest, but that doesn’t matter because there are plenty of other resources about how to write well.
The other two sections are longer, and very valuable because they do offer advice and insights you won’t easily find elsewhere. For example, in the publishing section, Sumsion talks about how to find an agent, how to work with distributors, and how to avoid publishing scams. Similarly, the publicity section is not just about promoting the book yourself (although that is covered in detail); it’s also about working with a publicist.
All in all, this is an excellent book if you’re interested in getting published.