The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published

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Penguin, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 341 pages
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Expert advice for new writers.

Publishing companies have consolidated, there are fewer editors, and literary agents are more selective. The result is that it’s tougher than ever to get published. Now, a successful literary agent and author and a best-selling nonfiction author and literary consultant provide even more of the practical advice every writer needs to get published. In this new edition, readers will find:
• An updated overview of changes in the publishing industry
• Practical tips about pitch letters, negotiations, contracts, and industry trends
• Includes CD-ROM with sample pitch letters, proposal templates, a comprehensive list of literary agents, links to fantastic author websites, and more

  

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Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

As an overview of the inner workings of getting published, I found the book to be a great resource, not only did it provide practical advice but also brought a common sense approach. I will surely use the author's advice both in my personal writing as well as in my classroom. Read full review

Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Alain Burrese - Goodreads

"The Complete Idiot's Guide To Getting Published Fifth Edition" by Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Basye Sander is a very good general overview of getting a book published. Like other books in the series ... Read full review

Contents

Great Expectations In Which You Begin to Write
1
So Why Write?
3
Write What?
15
If You Need an Idea Stalk the BestSeller List
29
SuperStealth Market Research Techniques
41
Whats dot Whats Hot
55
Gone with the Wind Submitting to Publishers
65
Submit What?
67
War and Peace Working with a Publisher
195
I Signed a ContractNow What?
197
Saying GoodBye to Your Baby
209
Welcome to the Home Team
221
Proper Care and Feeding of Your Editor
233
So How Does My Book Get into the Stores?
243
Maximum Publicity for Maximum Sales
255
Television and Online Publicity
269

Query Letters That Sell Nonfiction
79
Bulletproof Nonfiction Book Proposals
93
Fun with Fiction
105
Romancing the Stone Getting a Book Contract
117
Whats an Agent for Anyway?
119
Finding and Working With an Agent
129
What You Can Expect from an Agent
141
Submitting Directly to Editors
153
Behind Closed Doors
167
The Party of the First Part
177
RealLife Publicity and Marketing Ideas
281
My Brilliant Career Continuing Your Career as an Author
291
After the Party Is Over
293
Glossary
305
Great Books for Writers
315
More Good Resources
319
Sample Proposal The Cross Hews
323
Index
329
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Sheree Bykofsky, the founder and owner of the Sheree Bykofsky Literary Agency, has written and represented hundreds of successful titles over her long publishing career. She regularly teaches university courses on publishing and speaks at writersÂ' conferences across the country.
Jennifer Basye Sander has been an author and book packager for nearly 20 years. Her career has spanned all aspects of the business, from retail sales and book acquisition to editorial and publicity. She and her husband founded the Big City Books Group, which develops book projects and has over 40 successful books in print.

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