Published: Eye Books (January 2020)
An essential handbook for writers
From a handy introduction to how the publishing world works and how authors fit into it, to practical tips on writing your book and strategies for editing and re-writing, Tips from a Publisher is an indispensable guide for authors. Helping you create the perfect submission, it is crammed full of common-sense advice – and some trade secrets – that no aspiring writer should be without.
Scott Pack was head of buying for Waterstones chain before spending several years as a publisher at HarperCollins, acquiring and editing numerous bestsellers and award-winning books. He is now a freelance editor and university lecturer, and hosts many writing workshops and classes.
‘Shut up and listen to everything he has to say’
Caimh McDonnell, bestselling author
‘Part instruction manual, part sat nav, part friendly arm around the shoulder, this is the book every aspiring writer needs to own’
John Mitchinson, co-founder, Unbound
‘A book-shaped boot camp for emerging writers...essential reading’
Judith Heneghan, director, Winchester Writers’ Festival
‘Scott knows the publishing industry inside out. Whenever I work with him I know my authors are in good hands’
Charlotte Seymour, literary agent
‘His short cuts on how to win are invaluable’
David Roche, former chief executive, Borders UK & Ireland
’One of the best in the game‘
Ian Critchley, literary critic
‘A guide to writing, editing, submitting and publishing – as the book’s subtitle says – from an industry perspective. A friendly, useful, realistic, up-to-date and detailed guide to what to expect from and with agents and publishers (as well as with non-traditional ways into publication), and how to approach them professionally. A great addition to any shelf of writery books. Recommended’
Scott Pack talks about his long career in the books industry – first in bookselling, then publishing, at houses large and small – in the podcast What Editors Want.
And here he is talking to Rachel Read It about the pressures and benefits of working in independent publishing.
And here’s another podcast in which Scott talks in detail about the content of Tips from a Publisher to Mark Stay of The Bestseller Experiment.