Be Your Own Literary Agent: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Getting Published

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Why sacrifice ten to fifteen percent of your book advance to a commissioned agent when you don'¬?t have to? If you'¬?re a talented writer with a head for details, you can prepare your manuscript, pitch it to publishers, secure an offer, and negotiate your contract without using an agent or spending hundreds of dollars on a publishing lawyer. In this revised and updated edition of BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT, fifty-year publishing veteran Martin P. Levin walks first-time authors through the intimidating process of ...
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Overview

Why sacrifice ten to fifteen percent of your book advance to a commissioned agent when you don'¬?t have to? If you'¬?re a talented writer with a head for details, you can prepare your manuscript, pitch it to publishers, secure an offer, and negotiate your contract without using an agent or spending hundreds of dollars on a publishing lawyer. In this revised and updated edition of BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT, fifty-year publishing veteran Martin P. Levin walks first-time authors through the intimidating process of selling their work with a clear, intelligent, and supportive approach that works. Sample letters and proposals show you exactly how to write a query letter, compile an author bio, phrase a book summary, organize a sample chapter, and more. With a clean manuscript in your hand and BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT in your pocket, publishing success is virtually assured.‚Ä¢ Includes a glossary of publishing terms, a list of publishers most likely to read and accept a first-time author'¬?s book, and a handy manuscript submission record.‚Ä¢ The new edition covers how to get published on the Internet and protect electronic rights, and includes new copyright terms for authors.‚Ä¢ Original edition sold over 20,000 copies.
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More details of the same kind of information about publishing provided by a standard writer's guide. Addresses the main problem, that most major publishers will not even look at submissions from people they do not know, by suggesting attending conferences and similar events to get to know important people. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580083386
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

As a publishing executive, MARTIN P. LEVIN was involved in publishing books by Stephen King, Erica Jong, Ken Follet, Gay Talese, and many others. After his retirement at sixty-five, he passed the bar and joined a prestigious intellectual property law firm. He is an adjunct professor at the New York Law School, a teaching fellow at the Stanford Professional Publishing Course, and the 1999 American Association winner of the Curtis Benjamin Award for lifetime achievement in publishing. Levin lives in New York and Florida.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
1 Selling the First Book: Stories of the Rich and Famous 1
2 Making Your Book the Best It Can Be 8
3 The Eight-Step Program for Selling Your Book 14
4 Finding the Best Publisher for Your Book 23
5 What Goes On Behind Closed Doors 40
6 The Book Proposal: Where the Author and Editor Meet 49
7 Models--Query Letter, Cover Letter, Summary, Table of Contents, Sample Chapter, and Bio 58
Nonfiction Query Letter 60
Fiction Query Letter 62
Nonfiction Cover Letter 64
Fiction Cover Letter 66
Nonfiction Summary 68
Nonfiction Table of Contents 73
Nonfiction Expanded Table of Contents 75
Fiction Sample Chapter 79
Nonfiction Sample Chapter 84
Resume Bio 92
Proposal 1 Don Juan de Marco 95
Proposal 2 Bed Ahead: The Complete (but Opinionated) Hostel Ratings Guide 107
8 The Editor and the First-Time Author Negotiate 120
9 Creating Contract Literacy 131
10 The Contract Reality Check 155
11 Reprise 184
The Tool Kit: Appendixes A-D
A PubSpeak--The Publishing Industry's Private Language: A Glossary 187
B How to Use Literary Market Place to Find Your Publisher, Editor, and Leading Publishers by Category 197
C Best Bets--The Publishers Most Likely to Read and Accept Your Book 208
D Manuscript Submission Record 232
About the Author 234
Index 236
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