Publishing Confidential: The Insider's Guide to what it Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 180 pages
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"Any number of books explain ""how to write a book,"" but getting a book published is the hard part. Aside from talent, writers need a strategy for distinguishing their efforts from countless others. (No, don't use pink paper.) Paul B. Brown has been an author on a dozen books with sales totaling more than 2 million copies. So you could say he knows what it takes. In "Getting Published," Brown offers a straightforward approach to test-marketing book ideas, creating strong proposals, reaching the right editors and agent, and more.

Equally important, he provides inside tips for how to become an integral part of the publisher's marketing and sales efforts. The book also gives pointers on nontraditional arrangements such as self- and subsidy-based publishing.

The book's many valuable tools include sample contract language, a fully annotated book proposal, and exercises to help authors identify what they may be doing right and wrong. With abundant humor and unparalleled insight, Brown debunks the myths and misconceptions in favor of trustworthy and effective advice."


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This refreshingly straightforward volume by the author of more than 20 nonfiction books is just what it claims to be: a guide--admittedly, from just one insider's point of view--to getting a book ... Read full review

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An Introduction of Sorts
What Do You Have Why Should I Care? Asks Your Potential Publisher
Making Contact
Market Test The SecondBest Answer Is No
Creating the Proposal
Trying to Hold on to Control
Youve Finished the Manuscript Now What?
Helping Your Publisher to Help You or Why You Must Be an Integral Part of Your Publishers MarketingPRSales Process Even if You Hate the Idea ...
Going Your Own WayNontraditional Approaches to Being Published or Publisher? We Dont Need No Stinkin Publisher
Does This Describe You?
About the Author Illustrator and Editor

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About the author (2004)

Paul B. Brown (Duxbury, MA, and Glen Rock, NJ) is an author of " Customers for Life, Lessons from the Top," and many others. He is a former reporter and editor for "BusinessWeek, Forbes, Financial World, " and ." magazines.

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