Linda Houle is a co-owner of L&L Dreamspell, an ebook publisher, which makes her well qualified to write a book surveying the industry today. Dames of Dialogue already reviewed The Naked Truth About Publishing, but I want to put in my own two cents.
Houle uses a lightly sarcastic tone to review the various forms of publishing available to the fictional author Annie. Not surprisingly, Houle is slightly biased toward ebook publishing, but her analysis is pretty even-handed nevertheless. In fact she could have been even more critical of the traditional route of submitting to the “agency six” in NY if she’d cited the non-scientific survey done by Jim C. Hines which revealed that the average respondent had been writing 11.6 years before selling his/her first novel to a major publisher.
For me the most valuable parts of The Naked Truth were Chapters 8 & 9 which gave general guides for the process of self-pubbing a POD (print on demand) book and an ebook. I’d been planning to do this for myself, using a variety of sources, now all I have to do is fill in a few details. Those guides and the resouce section make the book well worth the price.
The only quibble I have is that Houle has created her own term for what serious self-pubbed authors do. She dubbs this “Author Publishing” to distinguish it from using a subsidy or vanity press. I’ve heard others like Kris Tualla and Lisa Bentley call this Independent Publishing (when an author creates a company to do all the functions of a publisher – from printing to advertising). Houle calls small presses Independents, so I had to remind myself that she was using her own definitions for these terms.
Otherwise, this is a valuable resource, and I recommend it to anyone considering which road to publishing is best for them.