Give 'Em What They Want

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Writer's Digest Books, Oct 28, 2005 - Reference - 244 pages
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Learn how to craft a killer pitch - and get your novel published today.

&break;&break;One of a writer's most difficult tasks is crafting a submission package. In order to get published you need to compose queries, synopses, and outlines that will prove irresistible to agents and editors. Give 'Em What They Want uses step-by-step instructions to break down the process, making it easier than you thought possible to put together a query packet, sample chapters, outlines, synopses - everything you need to interest an agent or editor in your novel. Inside you'll find:

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  • Dozens of samples complete with comments and suggestions for improvement&break;
  • Successful submission techniques from published authors&break;
  • Advice from well-respected agents and editors about avoiding common submission pitfalls&break;
  • Information on working with agents and editors once your pitch is complete&break;
  • And much more!
&break;&break;Give 'Em What They Want includes everything you need to know about approaching anyone in the publishing industry with your novel. Pitching your novel has never been easier!
 

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User Review  - David_David_Katzman - LibraryThing

I died a little bit inside when I read this book. Yes, I should know better. When I write about self-publishing, the recurrent theme is that “publishing is a business.” And the goal of a business is ... Read full review

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User Review  - AprilBrown - LibraryThing

Was written in 2005. Mostly seems like helpful advice, though some is outdated (sending queries as professional letters in snail mail, instead of quick blurbs in email). It would be nice to see an ... Read full review

Contents

The Approach
3
CREATING A SALABLE PRODUCT
4
YOUR PUBLISHING OPTIONS
26
THE SEARCH BEGINS FINDING AGENTS AND EDITORS
41
THE ALLIMPORTANT QUERY LETTER
66
THE INPERSON PITCH
106
GIVE EM WHAT THEY WANT
115
SUCCESSFUL SYNOPSES
138
CRAFTING THE COVER LETTER
192
The Result
203
GETTING TO YES HOW TO WORK WITH AGENTS AND EDITORS
212
RESOURCES FOR WITNESS
229
INDEX
241
I
243
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Blythe Camenson is a full-time writer with more than four dozen books and numerous articles to her credit. Her books cover career and writing topics. She is coauthor of "Your Novel Proposal: From Creation to Contract" (Writer's Digest Books) and the author of "How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book" (Contemporary Books.)

Stephen E. Lambert is the director of career services at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. He codeveloped this series with Julie DeGalan, a former administrator and career counselor at Plymouth State College.

Marshall Cook is a professor in the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of nearly a dozen books, including "Effective Coaching "and "Time Management".

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