Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Writing Local History Today: A Guide to Researching, Publishing, and Marketing Your Book

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Writing Local History Today: A Guide to Researching, Publishing, and Marketing Your Book

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Writing Local History Today: A Guide to Researching, Publishing, and Marketing Your Book. By Thomas A. Mason and J. Kent Calder. Lanham, Maryland: Rowan & Littlefield, 2013, Pp. xiv, 133. $70.00, cloth.)

Getting published today is much easier than it was at one time because of the virtual democratization of the book trade. This phenomenon is largely due to advances in technology that have made self-publishing a more viable option to prospective authors. On the other hand, the number of titles selling more than a thousand copies is less than ten percent. These facts are recognized by the authors of this book.

Directed at the local historian rather than the student or academic, the book is structured around four main themes: the audience for whom works of local history are aimed; the location and use of evidence; the writing process; and the production and marketing involved in publishing. Written in an accessible and non-technical style, each of the four chapters provides sensible advice on the different stages of producing a work of the genre. …

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