How I Got “OH BOY” Published – A Series of Articles & Tips on Getting Published

I can’t believe it, my book is officially out everywhere (and just in time for Father’s Day)! After a year of proposals, queries, agent hunting, book-contract negotiating, writing, editing, cover design discussions, and more, my book, OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters is in bookstores everywhere, including Barnes & Noble as well as Sam’s Club. If you’re an online shopper, you can order it through Amazon. It’s a good read for moms and dads alike, I promise.

Oh-Boy-Youre-Having-A-GirlTo celebrate, over the next couple of weeks I’m going to walk you through the entire process, so you can get an inside peek at how getting a book published works—from idea all the way to publication. I’ll also offer tips and advice to help you along your journey. PLUS, I’m giving away five autographed copies throughout the month of June.

HOW TO WIN: To win one of the five autographed copies of OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL, simply leave a comment on this post or any of the posts related to the “How I Got OH BOY Published” series, which I will link to below as they appear on the site. I will pick five random winners at the end of June. (Winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. Please note that comments may take a little while to appear on the site; this is normal). Last day to enter is June 30, 2013.

For an additional chance to win, click this CLICK TO TWEET button and post to Twitter. I’ll track those as well.

Here’s what I learned during the publishing process of OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL:

5 Ways to Develop a Book Idea

4 Things to Consider When Researching Literary Agents

7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass


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One thought on “How I Got “OH BOY” Published – A Series of Articles & Tips on Getting Published

  1. john schwartz

    Dear Brian: Paraphrasing: “Oh Boy, I’m going to have a female agent”. Most agents seem to be of my opposite sex. They also seem to have preference for a “female POV”. I pitched at the NY Pitch conference (Michael Neff with mostly female editors)), and then at the WDWC Pitch Slam ( with mostly female agents). Agents are a gender-based creed, and I am beginning to feel one cannot approach the subject of agents as a “generic” profession or crowd. I was impressed by Sara D’Emic’s Plot and Themes bootcamp, and by her boss’s (Paula Meunier) presentation at the WDWC on the first ten pages. I followed those as best as I could and after the WDWC pitch slam send my first 10 p to Sara D’Emic of the same agency. She came back with “Strong concept but didn’t like the tone”. The “tone” was not in the first ten pages presentation. So, the poor writer never gets it right. What is “tone”? Very subjective. So I enrolled in the 10 pages bootcamp to find out, even though it’s costing me 200 bucks. I hope that one day I can say”Oh boy, I’m going to have a female agent.” Keep up the good work. Would love your book, but have a daughter already and OH BOY!!!!. John


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