Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book

Courtney Maum. Catapult, $16.95 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-948226-40-0
This witty, quirky guide to writing books as a profession, from novelist Maum (Touch), manages to be both funny and informative. Loaded with anecdotes and advice from her own career and from writer friends and acquaintances of hers, it provides a comprehensive guide to writing and selling books, from getting started and making time to write, to understanding book deals, to managing one’s emotions post-publication. Maum’s approach is eclectic and subjective, which makes the book uneven in places. Her opening section on the craft of writing offers little that hasn’t been said elsewhere; similarly, her section toward the end about whether writers should pursue an academic job unsurprisingly warns against the dangers of adjunct or visiting professor status. At best, however, Maum gives an insider’s take on the path to becoming a published writer. She explains why one shouldn’t feel bad about not earning back an advance, how destructive checking sales figures on Amazon can be to the writer’s ego, and how to manage the various woes of book tours, among other subjects. Maum’s book should prove invaluable to new writers seeking advice and support in navigating their first publication. Agent: Rebecca Gradinger, Fletcher & Company. (Jan.)
Reviewed on : 09/11/2019
Release date: 01/01/2020
Genre: Nonfiction
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