Superior Book Productions

November 30, 2008

A special guest review by author and publisher, Debbie Glade

Author’s Access:
30 Success Secrets for Authors and Publishers
By Irene Watson, Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor Volkman
Modern History Press (2008)
ISBN: 9781932690989

I wish Author’s Access: 30 Success Secrets for Authors and Publishers had been available when I was in the planning stages of writing and publishing my children’s picture book a couple years back. The wealth of helpful information in this book would help any author of every book genre in every stage of their publishing journey. The book’s title suggests there are 30 secrets for success here, yet that only refers to the number of chapters. Within each chapter are countless useful tips.

What I like most about this book is the easy-to-read format. The prose is straight forward and the content well organized, making it a pleasure to read. Every tip makes perfect sense and leaves you with a solid understanding of what steps should be taken for book publishing success. There’s no fluff in here, just helpful facts and innovative ideas. The chapters are styled much like newspaper articles, but with a lot more substance. They are a collaborative effort from many contributors to, a web site dedicated to successful publishing. From writer’s block to editing and from book reviews to marketing, Author’s Access covers all the basics.

The contributors to this how-to book have a lot of experience writing, editing and publishing, and it shows in their solid advice. Many chapters touch upon preventing the reader from making writing and publishing mistakes as well as offering details about how to get it right the first time. There is even a chapter to help you get through a bad book review, another about 12 things you can do to market your book and yet another about how successfully to market your book online, and so much more.

I highly recommend Author’s Access: 30 Success Secrets for Authors and Publishers to anyone thinking about writing or even anyone who has already written a book. You can learn a lot about all the phases of the book publishing and marketing process and get off to a good start—in the right direction. It is the type of book you’ll keep on your desk and refer to often.

— Debbie Glade, author of The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica



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