How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own Words

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Ray White, Duane Lindsay
Writer's Digest Books, Sep 10, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 358 pages
17 Reviews
What does it take to go from unknown hopeful to published author?

&break;&break;Writing is a lonely occupation where rejection is the norm, and learning about the early hardships of today's best-selling authors can provide vital reassurance (and comic relief) to aspiring authors. These compelling stories of perseverance and publication will nurture your dreams until you succeed. Inside you'll find:

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  • How more than eighty authors launched a successful career–in their own words. Many of these stories appear in this book for the very first time, while others are famous and have been passed down as literary legend.&break;
  • Ten "absolute" rules to follow for publishing success, gleaned from an analysis of more than fifty "how to get published" books. &break;
  • Inspiration and instruction that will help you realize your publishing dreams.
&break;&break;How I Got Published focuses on the scary and exciting time when writers are poised to jump before they discover if they can fly–the days when a writer has nothing but a manuscript or an idea or a story, and a desire to get it published.

&break;&break;Everybody loves a success story, and this book will leave you feeling energized and upbeat about finding your way. For resources, updates, and news visit: www.HowIGotPublished.com.

&break;&break;Contributors include:
&break;Clive Cussler, Gayle Lynds, David Brin, J.A. Jance, F. Paul Wilson, Sue Ann Jaffarian, Christopher Moore, Gillian Roberts, Greg Bear, John Lescroart, Marian Keyes, David Morrell, M.J. Rose, Stephen White, Karen Rose Smith, Stephen Coonts, and dozens of others.

  

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Review: How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own Words

User Review  - Aurelien - Goodreads

More than eighty authors spread over more than 300 pages and, all saying basically the same thing! It's far too long and repetitive. It's still very good for what it is: a motivational book for ... Read full review

Review: How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own Words

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Some of these short essays are great, others are weak. Most are in between. Altogether worth the read if you need some motivation. Read full review

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Contents

Judo Jazz and Japan
3
Did You Know Your Agent Died?
6
Say No to Nothing The Right Attitude
7
Practical Demonkeeping
11
I Decided to Take a More Devious Approach
14
Interview With Dave Barry
17
My Life in Writing
19
How I Got Started and Hoe I keep Going
23
Your Goal Is Not to BE Published
197
Being Orphaned
200
Life Is Not a ForLetter Word
202
Fish Where the Fish Are Biting
206
A Guy Can Dream Cant He?
209
How I Started
212
My Scabby Ego
217
The Fiery Road to Publication
220

How Do I Become a TV Writer If I Dont Have Any Contacts?
32
The Secret to Getting Published
37
I Dont know Any Better
43
Getting Started Getting Published
48
Theres a Word for a Writer Who Never Gives Up Published
50
About Movies
59
Some Informal Advice to New Authors
62
Write Two Novels
71
Becoming a Published Author
72
Tough Cookies
74
The MildMannered Professor With the BloodyMinded Visions
76
Writing the Ugh Synopsis
79
With a Little Help From My Friends
82
The Wall of Shame And Tom Clancy
86
How Nymphos and Vampires Got Me Published
88
The TwelveLetter Expletive Made My Novel Interactive
90
Bondage Paraphernalia
93
Seven Ways to Avoid the Risk of Being Published
96
Finding a Literary Agent
99
Just Put Your Butt in the Chair
103
Plan of Attack
107
A Gripping Title and a Short Catchy Tag Line
111
MJ Rose Interview
115
Five Rules
118
Dont Try This at Home
121
Dayenu
124
Send the Damn Thing Out
128
The Write Stuff
135
No One Wants to Read This Crap
138
The Most Power Force is Luck
145
People Who Need People
148
Writing Lies for Fun and Glory But Very Little Money So Far
151
The Poster Child for Persistence
154
Never Give Up
156
On Agents
158
Romeo and Juliet With Needle Marks
161
Everything I Knew Was Wrong
164
The Best Query Letter Ever
169
In Search of a Publisher
173
Who Done It?
176
A Snowballs Chance
180
Fear? We Dont Need No Stinking Fear
183
Writing in the Cracks of the Day
188
Holding Back the Years
192
Fellow the Yellow Brick Road
223
Little But Mighty
225
A SixthGrade Education
228
Confession of a Late Bloomer
232
Two Books in One Week
234
The Bob Richards Story
236
A Killer Nonfiction Proposal
238
Interview With Stuart Woods
245
Things I Wished I Knew
247
Critiquing and the GreenEyed Monster
253
Despite Lazy Agents Crooked and Dead Publishers Perseverance Paid Off
256
When I Couldnt Get an Agent
259
Are You Sure You Dont Want to Be a Lawyer
262
Talk About NAive
266
F Scott Fitzgerald Had It Wrong
269
The Rule of Twelve
273
Love It or Leave It
276
When Writers Write About Writing
282
If the Shoe Fits
285
Dont Go Through That Door
289
Act TWo
292
How to Market a Five HundredPound Gorilla
295
Look Away From the Review
299
When to Read Rejection Letters? After Youve Been Accepted Somewhere Else
303
The Path?
307
When Expectations Are Gone
311
The Three Major Life Mistakes Ive Made That Force Me to Write These Mysteries
313
The Ten Steps to Getting Published
316
Tenacity Over All
317
A Bathroom Attack
320
Accountants Can Do It So Can You
322
The Lucky Writer s Path
326
If It Doesnt Sell Write One Better
331
I Want it Now If Not Sooner
334
More With Less Lessons Learned By a Beginner
337
Sunrise at the Broiler
340
Someday Well Laugh About That
343
My Mother My Secret Weapon
347
Semper Persistence
351
Acknowledgments
353
Index
354
About the Editors
358
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About the author (2007)

Ray White is a Louis L'Amour type storyteller and an avid and eclectic reader. He's an entertaining public speaker who has taught classes and seminars on everything from writing to solar system design to tracking wounded bears through willow thickets.

Duane Lindsay is a published songwriter, a singer and cracker-jack guitar player who has performed professionally--the last effort being the Miami Book Fair with the Rock Bottom Remainders. It's this last connection that sets the stage for How I Got Published. Duane has the ability to reach an immense group of well-known authors.

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