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A bible for all writers

By Steven M. ThomasPublished: November 01, 2009

Lynn Price, editorial director of Lake Forest-based Behler Publications, has used her insider’s view of the book business to write a fascinating guide for this complex and fast-changing industry.
   
Structured like a reference book that writers can dip into for information about a particular subject, “The Writer’s Essential Tackle Box” is also a good cover-to-cover read.
   
Dozens of in-depth interviews with industry professionals take the reader deep into the mysterious world of publishing, where career-making decisions are made. Price also provides examples of the right and the wrong ways to do some of the million and one things required of authors who want to land on bestseller lists, from penning query letters to internal politicking at publishing houses. The book wraps up with a brief style guide that covers writing essentials and manuscript preparation.
   
Given the source, I expected this book to be full of useful information for writers and others in the book business, but I was surprised at how engaging and entertaining it is.

"The Writer’s Essential Tackle Box: Getting a hook on the Publishing Industry"
By Lynn Price
Behler, 2009, $19.95

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