Let’s Get Published by Val Penny @valeriepenny @lovebooksgroup @KLnovels #bookreview

At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is! A book written to assist authors maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.

About the Author:

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ and ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. ‘Hunter’s Force’ will follow soon.

As an author who has gone the route of both self and traditional publishing, I have done much research over the past ten years. Val Penny’s first nonfiction book, Let’s Get Published, captures all the information in one easy-to-read place. 

The ‘basics to blast off’ guide is everything a newbie author would need to start dabbling in the publishing world. Ms. Penny doesn’t mince words when detailing how difficult the business is, but she does give encouragement and good advice. From pinpointing ambitions and aspirations to whether you are a plotter or a pantser (or somewhere in between), she covers it all.

Val spends a good bit of time on how to work with the manuscript itself. This is the only area that I thought was a bit too basic for the newer author. I would have loved to have seen even more examples and simplified language for someone just starting out might need. But it gives a good place to start researching from. Her emphasis on the need for good editing and beta readers is something not to be ignored. 

Whether you are starting your first manuscript or struggling to get published, Let’s Get Published is a great little book to get you going. 

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