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How to Write and Sell Your First Nonfiction Book

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Each year, over 40,000 new nonfiction books on every conceivable topic, from biography and politics to gardening, how-to, and sports, are published in the United States. This guide, written by a prominent literary agent, offers an essential resource for the first-time writer hoping to launch a career.
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Overview

Each year, over 40,000 new nonfiction books on every conceivable topic, from biography and politics to gardening, how-to, and sports, are published in the United States. This guide, written by a prominent literary agent, offers an essential resource for the first-time writer hoping to launch a career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312038465
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader
1 Write a Nonfiction Book and Gain Satisfaction, Authority, and Cash 3
2 The World of Nonfiction Books - Where Do You Fit In? 18
3 Should You Go It Alone or Get a Coauthor? 31
4 Targeting Your Audience - The Vital First Step 45
5 Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal 53
6 Assembling Bio and Exhibits to Add Flash and Bulk to Your Presentation 80
7 Money Talk - Agent Talk 97
8 How to Target Publishers and Get Their Attention 110
9 Understanding a Book Publisher's Contract 120
10 The Art of the Interview 137
11 The Art of Research - Search and Seize 150
12 The Many Faces of the Biography 166
13 Getting Down to the Actual Writing 186
14 How to Deal with Editors and Copy Editors 207
15 Writing the Whole Manuscript on Speculation - With Notes on Self-Publishing 220
16 Publicity: Gravy Train or Treadmill? 233
17 Keeping Your Book Alive 250
18 Can This Be You Entering the World of the Writer? 259
Checklist: What Makes a Good Nonfiction Book 263
Acknowledgments 265
Suggested Reading and Reference 266
Index 272
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