10 Publishing Myths by W. Terry Whalin || Book Review by Deborah Lyn Stanley


  “10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed” by W. Terry Whalin

Published by Morgan James Publishing, Morgan James

“10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed” is a must read for writers no matter where you are in your writing career. Each Myth is real and presented in an inspiring move forward, practical argument, from a writer who’s been there.

Some of my favorite parts include:
1.    Take responsibility for your work,
2.    Create your own marketing plan and make it happen,
3.    A great way to start out publishing your work is to write for magazines,
4.    Every time you connect with an editor or agent you are making an impression—make it a good one!

W. Terry Whalin gives helpful recommendations and references to further your writing career. He talks about growing your skills by making a commitment to study the craft of writing by reading how-to books consistently, month by month. Take the long view of success, little steps to promote your writing and yourself over time.

I recommend this book for every writer and aspiring author.
It is loaded with practical tips and actionable direction.

Thank you, W. Terry Whalin for providing me a review copy of “10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed”. I was not required to write a positive review, I receive no compensation, and it was my choice to write this review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

Find Terry’s Books:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/10-Publishing-Myths-Insights-Succeed/dp/164279452X

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48921823-10-publishing-myths-insights-every-author-needs-to-succeed   

W. Terry Whalin is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. He has written for over 50 magazines and more than 60 books with traditional publishers.  His latest book for writers is  Book Proposals That $ell (the revised edition) released to online and brick and mortar bookstores. Jim Cox, Editor-in-Chief at Midwest Book Review wrote, “If you only have time to read one ’how to’ guide to getting published, whether it be traditional publishing or self-publishing, “Book Proposals That Sell” is that one DIY instructional book.” You can get a free Book Proposal Checklist on the site. He lives in Colorado and has over 190,000 twitter followers.

Deborah Lyn Stanley is an author of Creative Non-Fiction. She writes articles, essays and stories. She is passionate about caring for the mentally impaired through creative arts.
Visit her My Writer’s Life website at: https://deborahlynwriter.com/   
Visit her caregiver’s website: https://deborahlyncaregiver.com/

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Terry Whalin said...

Deborah Lyn,

Thank you for this terrific review of my 10 Publishing Myths book. So much of the publishing process is outside of anything the writer can control. Many things can go off the rails. In 10 Publishing Myths, I'm helping authors have realistic expectations and understand there are a series of actions they CAN control--and I encourage them to do those things.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Lovely and important. Authors and publishers can never have too much information on our industry. It is complicated. So if our visitors and subscribers have already read my book, I urge you to read this one, too. So much to know; so many potholes to fall into!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Karen Cioffi said...

Important review, Deborah. There are so many pitfalls in the publishing business, authors need all the help they can get. I read 10 Publishing Myths and it's definitely helpful to writers.

Linda Wilson said...

I agree that this is an important review. I own 10 Publishing Myths and must say that page 2 of Terry's book saved me from making a grave mistake by publishing my first book with a "vanity" publisher. He suggested that an author Google the name of the publishing company + complaints. Oh my, I found out my publisher was scamming its authors. The authors had started a private Facebook page which I joined. We hired an attorney who went after the publisher's finances. Unfortunately, I haven't kept up with the latest but the goal was to put this publisher out of business. Since then I've taken Terry's advice from many other suggestions he makes in his book.

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