Brief Reviews, VOLUME 3

Brief Review: A PATH TO PUBLISHING by Ed Cyzewski [Vol. 3, #26]

A Brief Review of

A Path to Publishing:
What I Learned By Publishing a Non-Fiction Book
.
Ed Cyzewski.
Paperback: Self-published, 2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

In his most recent book, A Path to Publishing, Ed Cyzewski provides simple, straight-forward advice from his own experiences in the world of publishing.  Cyzewski, the author of Coffeehouse Theology, serves as a guide to key facets of publishing including “developing your expertise,” “developing networks” and “working with an editor.”   From my own experiences in writing and publishing, the advice given in A Path to Publishing rings true.  Cyzewski’s broad approach, covering everything from the discipline of writing through the editing process to the marketing of one’s book is to be commended, as many authors who have tackled similar projects in the past have focused on much narrower sections of this path.  Although he does not go into great detail on any of the topics along the way, he does often mention resources to which writers can turn if they seek to explore a particular topic in more depth.  The largest section of the book addresses the topic of marketing your book, and particularly the online marketing of your book.  For people who have been longtime internet users and who are comfortable searching around for the information they need, most of the information in this marketing chapter can be found for free online, on such sites as John Kremer’s BookMarket.com.

Put simply, Ed Cyzewski’s A Path to Publishing is a clear and helpful guide for those who have an idea for a book (and particularly a non-fiction book), but who have no idea how to see that idea to fruition.  However, it is not the only book or resource of its kind, so I would highly recommend that writers get a diversity of opinions in conjunction with Cyzewski’s, from other books (e.g., Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual, which – contrary to its title – has plenty of wisdom for any writer who seeks to be published) or websites.

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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