The African American Writer's Handbook: How to Get in Print and Stay in Print

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 4, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 352 pages
With African Americans writing and buying books in record numbers, the time is ripe for a comprehensive publishing guide tailored expressly to the needs of this vibrant, creative community. The African American Writers Handbook meets this challenge perfectly. Written by veteran journalist and published author Robert Fleming, this book gives writers the heart, the determination, and above all the crucial information to publish successfully in this highly competitive field. Knowing the inner workings of the publishing industry provides any writer, novice or veteran, with a much needed advantage in the quest to get into print. Inside you'll find

- A complete, step-by-step guide to every aspect of the publishing process, from the germination of a winning idea to the nuts and bolts of book production
- Tips on submitting proposals, query letters, and preparing manuscripts for submission
- Advice on negotiating contracts that extend careers
- How to use on-line resources for research and profit
- Interviews with top editors, agents, publishing executives, and bookstore owners
- Updated information on copyrights, subsidiary rights, sales and marketing
- The trials and triumphs of self-publishing
- The art of promoting your work and yourself to a wider audience
- An insider's look at the economic realities of the book business
- And much more!

Here, too, are scores of inspiring interviews and capsule biographies of leading African American writers both past and present. How did Richard Wright become America's first bestselling black writer? How did Zora Neale Hurston break through the artistic boundaries of the Harlem Renaissance long after her death? What was Toni Cade Bambara doing before she sold her first book? Why should Ann Petry, William Gardner Smith, Nella Larson, and William Melvin Kelley be revered wherever African American literature is read? Blending practical information and fascinating anecdotes with a mini literary history of African American writing, this upbeat, savvy, essential guide is a publishing primer with soul.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1
THE WRITERS CRAFT
18
FIRST CONTACT
34
ONE OR MORE
48
QUESTIONS FOR A NEW AGENT
64
SALES PROMOTION AND MARKETING
94
OF BOOKSELLERS AND BESTSELLER LISTS
111
WHEN HOLLYWOOD BECKONS
130
LITERARY AWARDS
190
YOU DO BEFORE YOU GOT YOUR
197
riCTIOfl POETRY flhD HILDflS BOOKS
251
AFRICAN AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION
264
SELLING POETRY IN THE MARKETPLACE
274
WRITING CHILDRENS BOOKS
283
fiTOIhd GROUPS fiHD OnnUfllTYBfiSED ORCfihlZfiTIOhS m
289
THE BLACK LITERARY CLUB
297

SMALLPRESS PUBLISHING
137
UNIVERSITY PRESSES
149
ESSENTIAL TAX TIPS
161
CLASSIC AFRICAN AMERICAN FICTION
177
CLASSIC AFRICAN AMERICAN MEMOIRS
183
BLACK WOMEN IN PUBLISHING
304
WRITERS WORKSHOPS
311
THE INTERNET FOR WRITERS
317
GRANTS AND AWARDS
323
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About the author (2009)

Robert Fleming has written for EssenceBlack EnterpriseThe Source, and the New York Times, among others. A former award-winning reporter for the New York Daily News, he is the author of The African American Writer’s Handbook and The Wisdom of the Elders. His work was featured in Brown Sugar and he was the editor of After Hours.

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