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Behind the Book: Eleven Authors on Their Path to Publication

Behind the Book: Eleven Authors on Their Path to Publication

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  • Chris MacKenzie Jones
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780226405803
  • 9 X 6 X 0.4 inches
  • 0.7 pounds
  • Language Arts & Disciplines > Writing - Fiction Writing
  • English
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Every book has a story of its own, a path leading from the initial idea that sparked it to its emergence into the world in published form. No two books follow quite the same path, but all are shaped by a similar array of market forces and writing craft concerns as well as by a cast of characters stretching beyond the author.
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.
Behind the Book: Eleven Authors on Their Path to Publication

Author Bio

Chris Mackenzie Jones is the author of Behind the Book, a book that traces the publishing paths of eleven debut authors. He has spent the past ten years working at the Loft. In his time there, he has met numerous aspiring and successful writers, and he believes that all writers can learn valuable lessons through example, which is why he wrote the book. Chris is also a published poet and received his MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

At the Loft, he works on organizational outreach, media relations, brand management, marketing and promotion, and print/video/Web design and development. He also is in charge of the Loft's annual Wordsmith Conference. He lives in Saint Paul and, despite consistent ridicule, continues to long for year-round winter.

 

Source: Loft.org

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