Writing a book is a daunting task. Getting a book to publication and then to market is a seemingly monumental task. In the book Author Smarts: The Little Handbook of Big Book Publishing Ideas (eWomen Books, 2010) (Amazon.com), Jan B. King and Dawn Putney effectively break it all down for us in such a way that the monumental becomes the achievable. This book is a quick read, but it is chock full of information that the new and aspiring book author should know even before starting to write.
While King and Putney mainly address non-fiction writers in this book, they do an excellent job of taking the reader through the process and presenting ideas to be considered every step of the way. They begin with a section called “Write Your Book,” where they propose questions and suggest answers to help the aspiring author create a product that will appeal to the intended audience. From concept to manuscript, they share valuable information, especially for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to be in control of every aspect of the book’s development. Readers will no doubt walk away with a long to-do list, but they also will be armed with knowledge of how to approach these tasks.