How To Be Your Own Literary Agent: An Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 17, 2003 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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How to Be Your Own Literary Agent takes the mystery out of book publishing for any writer, published or not. Richard Curtis -- a top literary agent for more than thirty years -- provides a comprehensive practical overview of the publishing process, from submissions to contract negotiations to subsidiary rights to marketing, publicity, and beyond. He also gives away trade secrets and invaluable wisdom -- candid advice that can be found nowhere else. Now completely revised and expanded, How to Be Your Own Literary Agent is essential reading for all writers.

* Big publishers, small publishers, self-publishers, e-publishers: how to keep up in a rapidly changing business * The new breed of busy literary editors: how to find them and know what they're looking for * What the electronic revolution means to you, and how to take advantage of it * How to know your "publishing" rights and negotiate effectively * How to have a say in your book's design, jacket, and promotion * How book chains and superstores have altered publishing -- and what that means for you
 

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Richard brings all his expertise and resources to offer a realistic understanding of what it may take to publish one's "masterpiece", with or without the aid of agents or publishers. Humor, stories, and realism make this an interesting read. - Glenn Nicholson

Contents

1 An Agent Looks at the Market
1
2 Slush
10
3 Negotiation
28
4 The Basic Deal
57
5 Warranties and Indemnities
83
6 Permissions
94
7 The Option Clause
99
8 Termination and Reversion of Rights
106
18 Beyond the Bestseller List
226
19 Consenting Adults
232
20 Collaborations
238
21 Book Packagers
248
22 Auctions
254
23 Of Taxes and the Writer
260
24 Solidarity
266
25 Superstores
270

9 Royalty Statements
114
10 Ancillary Rights
131
11 Cyberbooks and Hyperauthors
137
12 The EBook Revolution and How to Join It
143
13 Movie and Television Deals
150
14 Miscellaneous Provisions
169
15 All About Agents
177
16 To Publication Date
198
17 Is There Life After Pub Date?
213
26 Titles
276
27 Lets Have Lunch
283
28 If I Were You
290
Is It a Good Deal?
295
About the Author
299
Back Cover
301
Spine
302
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The head of his own literary agency in New York, Richard Curtis is also the publisher of e-readsŪ and the author of more than fifty books.

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