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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Author Michele DeFillippo has written a simple and straightforward book from which would-be authors can take away practical and informative tips. In "Publish Like the Pros", DeFillippo, who is herself a book designer working with both seasoned and first-time authors, gives the novice author six practical tips which can actually help him or her as regards a completed or a soon-to-be book. The author begins with an overview of self-publishing. She concentrates on misinformation which might actually impede the publication and/or distribution of a book. She then urges the author to seek professional advice so that the book cover will attract attention from potential readers. Next come editing, interior layout and proofreading. When the book is ready for distribution, there are further tips on pricing and marketing.
The thing I really liked about this book was its emphasis on practical, current information. The information is intended to steer even sophisticated authors toward responsible and cost-saving professionals who will prepare the book with an eye toward industry standards. It will be difficult for some self-published authors to hear the truth about their own efforts but the publishing education is there if they dare to hear the truth. If a publisher has told an author what she or he wants to hear rather than what it takes to produce a top-quality book that readers will buy, this book should be an eye-opener. It will be a bitter pill to swallow for some authors but a godsend for others.