How to Get Published

This excerpt from "How To Get Happily Published" by Judith Applebaum and Nancy Evans will give you all the information you need so you can start on your way to getting published.

| July/August 1978

Everyone — as the old saying goes — may "have a book in 'em," but few folks can actually sit down and write it. And, of those who do, fewer still know how to get a manuscript published once it's on paper. 

Which is exactly why Judith Appelbaum and Nancy Evans have written How To Get Happily Published, a delightful guide that overflows with enough how-to information and energetic enthusiasm to put you a long way down the road to doing just that. If you are a writer and want to learn how to get published — but don't know where to begin — you're sure to like the following excerpts from the Appelbaum/Evans book, and love the book itself! 

From How To Get Happily Published by Judith Appelbaum and Nancy Evans, copyright © 1978 by Judith Appelbaum and Nancy Evans and reprinted with the permission of Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. 

Getting Published

It is largely within your power to determine whether a publisher will buy the book or article you want to write or have just written and whether the public will buy it once it's released. Failures abound, however, because hardly anybody treats getting published as if it were a rational, manageable activity — like practicing law or laying bricks — in which knowledge coupled with skill and application would suffice to ensure success. Instead, almost everybody approaches the early phases of the publishing process — which have to do with finding a publisher — by trusting exclusively to luck, to merit, or to formulas.

Such behavior is thoroughly counterproductive, but it's understandable at the same time, and on several grounds.

In the first place, people who write are as reluctant as the rest of us to expose themselves by asking questions. Seeking information is an intimidating task in this day and age. We've all been raised to believe that — since knowledge is power — ignorance must be impotence.

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