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The Author's Toolkit, Third Edition

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Every author yearns for wealth and fame. Aspiring authors, students, writing teachers, and even established authors will be able to get the job done with the Toolkit. Updated and expanded to cover the newest developments in electronic publishing, the growth of self-publishing and print-on-demand, new online copyright registration procedures, effective use of social media for promotion and community, and more. This handy guide offers coaching for every step of the writing and publishing process. Insights are given...

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Overview

Every author yearns for wealth and fame. Aspiring authors, students, writing teachers, and even established authors will be able to get the job done with the Toolkit. Updated and expanded to cover the newest developments in electronic publishing, the growth of self-publishing and print-on-demand, new online copyright registration procedures, effective use of social media for promotion and community, and more. This handy guide offers coaching for every step of the writing and publishing process. Insights are given for writing fiction and nonfiction: nurturing beginning ideas; making full use of resources for planning and research; organizing a plot; delineating characters; avoiding writer pitfalls; following proper writing and editing principles; finding the “hook” to attract publisher interest; creating a manuscript with a professional presentation; seeking literary agents; understanding contracts; publishing electronically; and promoting and marketing a finished book. Written in a concise, easy-to-follow style, this guide also offers a treasure chest of resources for writers seeking professional advice. No one intending to become a published author can afford to be without the tools offered in this volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581157475
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,369,221
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Embree is an author, literary consultant, editor, book doctor, and writers’ workshop leader. She is the founder of Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN). A former film and television writer and researcher, she became a published author in the 1990s. Her most recent books are The Author’s Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Book, a Writer’s Digest Book Club selection now in its third edition, and Starting Your Career as a Freelance Editor, both published by Allworth Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction v

1 First Comes the Idea 1

2 Researching 9

3 Tools of the Trade 19

4 Writing Groups 25

5 The Rules of Writing 33

6 Writing Fiction 47

7 Writing Nonfiction 55

8 Editing Principles 59

9 Presentation of the Manuscript 91

10 Copyright Information 97

11 Literary Agents 107

12 The Book Proposal 115

13 The Query Letter 129

14 The Literary Agency Agreement 137

15 The Book Publishing Contract 149

16 The Collaboration Agreement 159

17 Getting Published 163

18 Self-Publishing 175

19 Ethics and Legal Concerns 189

Resources 195

Glossary 201

Index 209

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