Book Magic (2nd ed.): Turning Writers Into Published Authors

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Beacon Publishing, Aug 18, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 130 pages
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  Book Magic (2nd ed.) is indispensable for every writer who dreams of publication. Easy to read and practical, it provides all the information and tools you need to understand the publishing industry and increase your chances of getting commercially published or ably manage your own self-publication.

Books are magic! They turn unknown writers into authors and, perhaps, even into household names. But publishing is a complex world, full of insider rules and financial constraints that, if not respected, cause good book ideas to vanish into thin air and writers to question their calling.

Discover how to weave some spells that boost your chances of getting published; explore the wizardry surrounding agents, query letters, and book proposals; and look into a crystal ball at trends in the North American market and in self- and electronic publishing. Find out how the Canadian and American publishing scenes differ and how approachable medium and small publishers really are. Most importantly, learn the best publishing option for your project. Second edition is in paperback only.


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About the author (2008)

 Julie H. Ferguson believes that writers need practical assistance, current information, and support from published authors throughout their journeys to publication. So far, she has guided hundreds of aspiring authors towards commercial and self-publishing success through her workshops, presentations and individual coaching, which has a 74% success rate. Houses like Penguin Canada, Whitecap and HarperCollins have published her clients’ books.

A working nonfiction writer for forty years, Julie is the author of six books for writers, including this one, Crafting Irresistible Query Letters that Result in Publication, and Writing with Power!!, as well as four nonfiction books on Canadian history. Her latest is James Douglas: Father of British Columbia (Dundurn 2009), a young adult biography. Her articles have appeared in national and international, print and electronic publications on topics as varied as Canadian submarines and llama trekking, safaris and writing.

Not only is Julie a successful author, she is also an accomplished professional speaker who presents at writers’ conferences and groups. She has also instructed for Vancouver Community College’s Creative Writing program for five years. Julie’s many presentations for aspiring authors and freelancers include All Aboard the Electronic ExpressPitching Your Articles in the 21st Century and Build Your Tribe Online. Her honest, one-on-one coaching practice guides writers towards successful commercial or self-publication for their books and articles.

Julie’s company, Beacon Literary Services, provides an array of services that include keynotes and breakout sessions for writers, promotional and freelance writing for individuals and organizations, coaching, and a quarterly e-newsletter and blogs with news, tips and discussions to keep writers current. Her publishing imprint is Beacon Publishing. 

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