Book Review: A Writer's Survival Guide to Getting Published, by Terry Burns

Don't you wish a publishing professional would take you aside and tell you all the tips you need to know? How to pitch and query and build a platform?

It's time to get to know Terry Burns., and his book A Writer's Survival Guide to Getting Published.

He's an agent with Hartline Literary Agency, and an author of more than thirty books, including ten novels. He is consistently distinguished by the fact that he takes on many debut authors every year. 

And he's a nice guy.

So when a person with those kinds of credentials pens a book for writers trying to get published, it's worth a look.

Burns teaches some of this material in conference workshops. He began the book after teaching an online course on the subject, and over 600 writers signed up to take it.

What does it include that makes it so popular? Think about the list of things prepublished writers really want to know:

How can I survive a pitch interview at a conference? What if I'm the most shy writer on the planet?
What are the steps to writing a great proposal?
How do I start building a platform?
What are the ways I can promote both myself and my book?
How can I be sure I prepared my query so someone will actually take a look at it?
What is an acquisitions editor really looking for in a manuscript, and does mine have it?

If you'd like to hear a little more about Terry Burns, check out this interview and this blogpost.

If you could ask a publishing question, what would it be?


  1. This book looks like a great one. Thanks for telling us about it and providing the link. He is great!

  2. You're welcome, Deana. I met him at a conference a few years ago, and he's such an interesting person!




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