Be Your Own Literary Agent: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Getting Published

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Ten Speed Press, 1996 - Authors and publishers - 230 pages
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Why sacrifice ten to fifteen percent of your book advance to a commissioned agent when you don'¬?t have to? If you'¬?re a talented writer with a head for details, you can prepare your manuscript, pitch it to publishers, secure an offer, and negotiate your contract without using an agent or spending hundreds of dollars on a publishing lawyer. In this revised and updated edition of BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT, fifty-year publishing veteran Martin P. Levin walks first-time authors through the intimidating process of selling their work with a clear, intelligent, and supportive approach that works. Sample letters and proposals show you exactly how to write a query letter, compile an author bio, phrase a book summary, organize a sample chapter, and more. With a clean manuscript in your hand and BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT in your pocket, publishing success is virtually assured.,ΔΆ Includes a glossary of publishing terms, a list of publishers most likely to read and accept a first-time author'¬?s book, and a handy manuscript submission record.,ΔΆ The new edition covers how to get published on the Internet and protect electronic rights, and includes new copyright terms for authors.,ΔΆ Original edition sold over 20,000 copies.

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AT LAST! Finally, I can take this one off my "currently reading" list. After several false starts, and a too-long hiatus that meant I had to start over, I have finally devoted the time necessary to ... Read full review


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As a publishing executive, MARTIN P. LEVIN was involved in publishing books by Stephen King, Erica Jong, Ken Follet, Gay Talese, and many others. After his retirement at sixty-five, he passed the bar and joined a prestigious intellectual property law firm. He is an adjunct professor at the New York Law School, a teaching fellow at the Stanford Professional Publishing Course, and the 1999 American Association winner of the Curtis Benjamin Award for lifetime achievement in publishing. Levin lives in New York and Florida.

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