WRITING FOR PUBLICATION by Donald MacCampbell

WRITING FOR PUBLICATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is not a book about how to write, but where to sell. Literary agent MacCampbell knows the field of publishers, editors, agents, yes, and writers...and he does not hesitate to sound off about them. Of them all, writers, life blood of the book industry, have it hardest, he says. What a writer needs is the urge to write and some talent; he should make up his mind whether he's a literary or commercial type. As a full time writer he can expect to work four to five hours a day; if he's a part-timer, he should hold down a job as far from words as possible. MacCampbell's words on the publishing industry are informed and inclined to cut close to the bone. He tells the writer what he can expect in his own life, and of the professionals in the publishing industry. There is material on advances, contracts, how to prepare a manuscript, publishing trends. He is savvy (although some particular events in publishing already outstrip him), and sardonic but don't expect him to tell you how to write. Paul Reynolds (The Writing and Selling of Fiction, Nonfiction. The Writer and His Markets) covers both areas and remains a standard.

Publisher: World