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Eckstut (Levine Greenberg Literary Agency) and Sterry (Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent) have produced a hefty guide for na?ve writers seeking guidance on selling their work. It begins with the usual anecdotes found-early rejection letters for eventual best sellers-and all but promises that if you write a publishable book, it will get published. They suggest getting an objective review of one's work, paying someone if necessary. Like The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, they offer detailed guidance on writing and sending proposals (crank out X proposals a week). In lighthearted prose, they also cover how to pick an agent, a publisher, and a good publicity photo and how to work with an editor. The odds for getting published-whatever the authors may say-suggest that most readers won't get to that point in the process. While their advice is reasonably accurate and occasionally very good, web-literate users can find a fair amount of this information online for free. Aspiring writers, too, may be better off with more genre-specific information. There are titles today specifically on publishing romance, Western, and diet books, for example. This title is suggested for broader collections needing to stay current.-Robert Moore, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Medical Imaging, Waltham, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.