The Naked Truth about Book Publishing

April 27, 2010

Just read a VERY interesting eBook, titled, “The Naked Truth about Book Publishing” by Linda Houle.

A quick read about how a book goes from manuscript to print and ebook form in the changing publishing world. You probably already know most of this information, but a lot of new authors are unaware of how tough it is to get a traditional book contract, or the latest options for self publishing.

From the author’s website:

Like the legendary Phoenix—with a cycle of death in flames, then rebirth—books, and publishing, are undergoing a major metamorphosis.

The Naked Truth about Book Publishing takes a quick and dirty peek at the realities of publishing. Whether you are an author, independent publisher, or just an avid reader, it’s critical to know what’s happening and how current changes affect you!

Ebooks are now widely accepted, displacing print book sales and transforming a multi-billion dollar industry.

Bookstores are fighting for survival. They’re either struggling to adapt, or going out of business. Publishing giants are developing new business models to stay afloat. For decades they’ve counted on a few top name authors’ best-selling hardcover titles to support the rest of their books.

Old wasteful printing methods are fading away, and nearly all paper books of the future will be made to order. Stores that still carry books will only stock the best-selling titles—the sales publishers still count on. Want to browse a bookstore and discover something new to read? In the future you’ll use an electronic catalog at a store kiosk—or search for interesting titles on-line.

If you’re a writer you must pay attention to what’s happening in the world of book publishing. The classic, though challenging method of finding an agent to shop a book to a top publisher is no longer the best choice for many authors. In a shrinking market, many agents are already looking for other jobs.

Small, independent presses are growing in popularity. Many use a traditional business model, then work hand in hand with authors to develop and promote their books. Other choices include DIY companies—to get a book into print for a fee. And a growing number of people do everything themselves. Setting up their own businesses and self-publishing their manuscripts. Some by-pass print altogether. Ebook publishing is fast and easy and now open to everyone! A few top-name authors are leaving their big publishers and bringing their ebooks directly to readers.

Read the Naked Truth about Book Publishing to help set goals and make the best choice for your manuscript. The resources and links provide nearly everything you’ll need to get your book into print or epublished, and into readers’ hands!

Chapters include:

Types of Publishing
Goals and Promotion
Avoiding Scams and Bad Deals
Author Publishing
Ebook Publishing

The eBook “The Naked Truth about Book Publishing” is available on many sites including Fictionwise, and as a print book on Amazon.com


Novelist, blogger, and award winning travel writer, Perry P. Perkins is a stay-at-home dad who lives with his wife Victoria and their two-year-old daughter Grace, in the Pacific Northwest. Perry has written for hundreds of magazines including Writer’s Digest and Guideposts.  His inspirational stories have been included in twelve Chicken Soup anthologies, as well.

His books include the novels Just Past Oysterville, and Shoalwater Voices, and his new humor collection, Elk Hunters Don’t Cry. Perry is the Portland Writing Examiner, and you can read more of his work at ElkMountainBook, and on twitter at: http://twitter.com/PerksBooks

He also write’s as the Portland Fatherhood Examiner at: http://www.pdxdads.com

Perry’s books are available at Amazon.com



  1. Perry,
    Please emailme regarding one of your books.


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