Getting Your Book Published For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 10, 2011 - Education - 384 pages
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There’s never been a better time to be an author. Books like the Harry Potter series create a media phenomenon, with people lining up and camping outside bookstores to purchase newly released titles. Yet book sales overall – not just those of mega-sellers – are on the rise, as more and more people seek knowledge and entertainment through reading. The Library of Congress currently registers about 60,000 new titles for copyright each year. 60,000 books by 60,000 authors. Imagine yourself as one.

Getting Your Book Published For Dummies is your complete guide to realizing whatever gem of an idea you’ve been carrying with you. If you’ve ever thought, “this would make a really good book,” be it the next great American novel or a guide to naming babies, here’s your chance to put pen to paper and find out! Written from both sides of the editor’s desk – by a widely published writer and a HarperCollins veteran publisher – this guide puts in your hand the advice you need to:

  • Pick an idea
  • Approach the publisher
  • Craft proposals and queries
  • Work with agents, or act as your own
  • Self-publish
  • Negotiate a contract
  • Create the actual book
  • Sell your published book

Full of examples, proposals, query letters, and war stories drawn from the authors’ extensive experience, Getting Your Book Published For Dummies shows you how to clear all the hurdles faced by today’s writers – freeing up precious time for you to refine your manuscript. You’ll get the inside scoop on:

  • Titling your book
  • Major publishers, smaller houses, niche publishers, university presses, and spiritual and religious publishers
  • The 12 elements of a successful nonfiction proposal
  • How editors read queries
  • Submitting fiction
  • Publishing outside the box
  • And much more

Getting Your Book Published For Dummies is the clear, A-Z handbook that makes the entire process  plain and practicable. You don’t need to be a celebrity. You don’t need to be some kind of publishing insider. All you need to do is write.


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The Idea Its the Heart of Your Book
Evaluating Your Idea
Refining Your Idea The Realities of Writing
Categorically Speaking
How aBook Gets Bought
Preparing the Package Book Proposals and Query Letters That Sell
Preparing Submission Materials That Sell
Acting as Your Own Agent
Going the Agent Route
Publishing Outside of the
Home atLast Negotiation and Contract
The Negotiation
The Contract
Know the Players
Creating the Actual Book

The Fiction Submission
BattleTested Submission Tactics
Make a Copy Make Sure That Your Submission Is First Rate
Publishers Publishers
Publication and Beyond
Ten Excuses Publishers Give for Turning Down Book

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About the author (2011)

Sarah Parsons Zackheim has worked at William Morrow, Doubleday, and New York Times Books. She is the author or coauthor of three books, including Dress Your House For Success.

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