Damn! Why Didn't I Write That?: How Ordinary People are Raking in $100,000,00-- Or More Writing Nonfiction Books & how You Can Too!

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Quill Driver Books, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 261 pages
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The elderly woman's adventure in solitude... The housewife's battle with obesity... The gay man's guide to pleasuring women... The farmer's cookbook... The teenager's solution to a puzzling national obsession... The home baker's directions for giant cookies... The gym teacher's belly flattener... The alcoholic's chronicle of addiction... The elementary school teacher's encyclopedia of all things disgusting...Best-sellers all...Ordinary people all...More nonfiction books are breaking the 100,000-copy sale barrier than ever before. Amateur writers, housewives, and even high school dropouts have cashed in with astonishingly simple best-sellers.This guide, by best-selling author Marc McCutcheon, shows the reader how to get in on the action by identifying lucrative publishing niches and filling them, not once, not twice, but year after year.
 

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I had an idea buzzing around in my head for a non-fiction book that would help other frugal-minded moms. I wound up buying "Damn! Why Didn't I Write That?" as the title immediately grabbed my interest ... Read full review

Damn! Why Didn't I Write That? How Ordinary People are Raking in $100,000.00...or more Writing Nonfiction Books & How You Can Too!

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The title says it all. This combination pep-talk/how-to guide by best-selling author McCutcheon (Roget's Super Thesaurus) offers encouragement to amateur writers who want to support themselves (and ... Read full review

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Contents

Could You Have Written Any of These?
11
Nonfiction Success Stories
29
What Kind of Nonfiction Book Should You Write?
41
How to Know if Your Book Idea Will Fly
59
Why You Dont Need a College Degree
76
Do You Need an Agent?
92
Toughen Yourself to Rejection
111
The Query Letter
115
A Grab Bag of Tips
209
The Authors Bundle of Rights
230
Standard Format for Book Proposals and Manuscripts
232
Helpful Books
233
Helpful Magazines
234
Helpful Websites
235
Organizations
236
University News and Public Information Offices
238

The Proposal
133
Negotiating Your Book Contract
152
Promotion
176
Lean and Mean The Secrets to FullTime Writing Success
193
Glossary
245
Index
250
About the Author
264
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About the author (2001)

Marc McCutcheon is the author of fourteen books, including Descriptionary; Damn, Why Didn't I Write That?; and Everyday Life in the 1800s. He runs his own bookstore, Once and Again Books, in Scarborough, Maine.

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