For more than a decade, writers have turned to William Germano for his insider's take on navigating the world of scholarly publishing. A professor, author, and thirty-year veteran of the book industry, Germano knows what editors want and what writers need to know to get their work published. Today there are more ways to publish than ever, and more challenges to traditional publishing. This ever-evolving landscape brings more confusion for authors trying to understand their options. The third edition of Getting It Published offers the clear, practicable guidance on choosing the best path to publication that has made it a trusted resource, now updated to include discussions of current best practices for submitting a proposal, of the advantages and drawbacks of digital publishing, and tips for authors publishing textbooks and in open-access environments. Germano argues that it's not enough for authors to write well--they also need to write with an audience in mind. He provides valuable guidance on developing a compelling book proposal, finding the right publisher, evaluating a contract, negotiating the production process, and, finally, emerging as a published author. "This endlessly useful and expansive guide is every academic's pocket Wikipedia: a timely, relevant, and ready resource on scholarly publishing, from the traditional monograph to the digital e-book. I regularly share it, teach it, and consult it myself, whenever I have a question on titling a chapter, securing a permission, or negotiating a contract. Professional advice simply does not get any savvier than this pitch-perfect manual on how to think like a publisher."--Diana Fuss, Princeton University
It's hard to know how to rate a book like this: I'm inclined to give it 5 stars if, and only if, my book, knock on wood, finds its home in every home, and adulation on every corner.
Bits of the book are jarringly obsolete; references to the 'Net [sic: the word he wants is "Intertubes"], disks (including Zip disks), and uncertainty about the couthness of email abound. Hurrah for the precise map of the ideal inquiry letter, but for a book with so much (necessary, welcome) handholding, I'm a bit miffed about the omission of guidance on the line-spacing of the project description. No more than 5 pages, sure; but is that double or single spaced?
I would recommend that all readers supplement it with anything by Lindsey Waters on the death of the monograph. Germano sniffs at proclamations of its death, but I still think Waters--or John Holbo for that matter--knows what's already arrived.