Behind the Book: Eleven Authors on Their Path to Publication

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University of Chicago Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Chris Mackenzie Jones is marketing and communications director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, one of the premier literary arts centers in the United States.


"What a book-lover's fantasy! To see behind the making and launching of eleven diverse books, to hear stories of first and last drafts, of book tours and artist residencies, of publicity letdowns and bolts out of the blue--in short, tales of struggle, success, hard work, and luck, all told with Jones's keen eye toward craft--what a generous gift to the aspiring writer! The joy of this book is not to push a single path to publication, but to celebrate the endless variety such paths might take. Showing how we get our stories, real or imagined, into the world is this book's unique gift--and that's a proposition that feels particularly urgent in these tumultuous times."--Edward McPherson, author of The History of the Future: American Essays
"An indispensable tool for writers eager to peek behind the curtain and learn about the realities of writing and publishing. Myths and mysteries about being an 'author' abound, and this book shines a bright light on it all. Full of valuable nuggets, Behind the Book draws on real-life stories as well as the wisdom of the very best writing guides to reveal an empowering truth: There's no one path to publishing success."--Katrin Schumann, cofounder of GrubStreet's Launch Lab and author of The Secret Power of Middle Children
"Contains a treasure trove of advice for first-time writers. . . .What emerges from the accounts is that publishing a book is not easy or simple, yet it is ultimately rewarding.
Budding authors should consider adding Behind the Book to their personal library."--Katrin Schumann, cofounder of GrubStreet's Launch Lab and author of The Secret Power of Middle Children "Journal of Electronic Publishing"