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How To Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book / Edition 1
     

How To Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book / Edition 1

by Blythe Camenson
 

ISBN-10: 0658021044

ISBN-13: 9780658021046

Pub. Date: 06/24/2002

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

From idea to contract to execution, this is the first all-in-one guide for prospective nonfiction writers. How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book is uniquely structured to help you sell your ideas or yourself before you invest time and effort in a lengthy book project. This comprehensive reference guide provides specific tips for pitching and

Overview

From idea to contract to execution, this is the first all-in-one guide for prospective nonfiction writers. How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book is uniquely structured to help you sell your ideas or yourself before you invest time and effort in a lengthy book project. This comprehensive reference guide provides specific tips for pitching and writing various nonfiction categories, with suggestions from agents, editors, and published authors. With expert advice on the technical elements of voice and style, useful resource listings, and sample proposals, you will find all the tools necessary to ultimately earn a living from nonfiction writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780658021046
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
06/24/2002
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
850,423
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsix
1The Business of Publishing and How It Affects You1
Book Categories and Where Your Book Fits In2
What's Hot, What's Not4
What Publishers Are Looking For4
Who's Publishing Nonfiction6
Frontlists, Midlists, and Backlists11
Who to Approach12
Working with an Agent13
How Literary Agencies Are Structured17
Location, Location, Location18
How to Find an Agent18
2Finding and Defining Book Ideas That Sell21
Finding Book Ideas22
Ten Steps to Judge the Merit of Your Ideas22
Advice from Publishing Professionals on Selling Your Nonfiction Book25
Identifying Trends and Avoiding Fads26
Who Can Sell, Then Write a Nonfiction Book?28
Experts on the Bestseller Lists29
Making Yourself More Saleable30
What Can Nonexperts Write About?31
3How to Approach Agents and Editors33
Can I Really Sell the Book Before I Write It?34
How an Agent Sells Your Book Idea36
What Happens Once Your Idea Lands on an Editor's Desk37
Tools of the Trade41
Query Letters That Grab Attention42
The Elements of a Book Proposal49
Cover Letters66
Follow-Up Letters69
Completed Manuscripts70
Formatting and Submission Details71
Keeping Track of Your Submissions74
Can You Resubmit Once Your Idea Has Been Turned Down?74
Turnoffs75
4Sample Query Letters and Proposals77
Query Letter and Proposal Sample #178
Query Letter and Proposal Sample #2104
Query Letter and Proposal Sample #3138
5Money and Contracts163
Advances164
Agent-Author Contracts165
When It's Time to Fire Your Agent166
Book Contracts167
Royalties169
Flat Fees170
Contractual Pitfalls170
Royalty Statements172
Help Is Available173
Who Does the Index?174
Advice from Two Publishing Law Attorneys174
6Researching and Writing Your Nonfiction Book177
The Research You'll Need178
Organizing Your Research180
Writing Your Book181
Formatting Your Manuscript182
Organizing Your Thoughts184
Unique Elements186
Anecdotes, Case Studies, Quotes, and Interviews187
Writing Style187
Writing Mistakes188
Submitting Your Manuscript190
Meeting Deadlines191
Page Proofs191
Staying Power192
7Selling Your Book to the Public195
The Anatomy of a Press Kit197
What to Send to the Media and When200
Should You Hire a Publicist?201
When the Reviews Are Bad202
Cautions202
Selling the Next Book and the Book After That203
Appendix AResources204
Appendix BReferences210

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