Sell Your Novel Toolkit: Everything You Need to Know about Queries, Synopses, Marketing and Breaking In

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In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers novelists the wisdom of her experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy.

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Overview

In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers novelists the wisdom of her experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399528286
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 846,568
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction

Chapter One: How Novels Get Sold
Eight Ways to Sell Your Novel The Ninth Way The Challenge of Sales Breakthrough: "Investing in People" by Rainer Rey, author of a medical thriller

Chapter Two: Beginning Your Marketing Tool Kit
Overview of Publishers Product Lines The Jobs of Literary Agent, Editor, and Writer Coping with Trends Money Matters A Foot in the Door: "Getting an Agent; Firing an Agent" by Charles H. Snellings, author of horror novels

Chapter Three: Ready to Market?
First - Finish Diagnostic Checklists Writer's Critique Groups Professional Editors Categorize Your Novel Sixteen Ways to Describe Your Novel Tempting Titles Breakthrough: "Long Deserved; Long Overdue" by Paul Cody, author of literary novels

Chapter Four: Dissecting the Synopsis
Content A Model Synopsis Style A Foot in the Door: "Learning Through Critique" by James D. Axtell, author of off-beat mainstream

Chapter Five: Studying the Synopsis
Nine Synopsis Applications Medical Thriller by Rainer Rey Historical Mainstream by Patricia Jean Hyatt Horror by Charles H. Snellings Generation-X (off-beat mainstream) by James D. Axtell A Foot in the Door: "Running the Writer's Iditarod" by Patricia Jean Hyatt

Chapter Six: Dissecting the Query
Queries Defined Lead Model Query Letter Body Closing Style Types and Uses A Foot in the Door: "Overcoming Marketing Block" by Patsy Hand, author of mystery, suspense, and mainstream novels

Chapter Seven: Successful Queries
Literary - Contemporary Literary - Generation X, Magical Realism Mainstream - Historical & Biographical Mainstream - Historical Mainstream - Historical Epic Mainstream - Contemporary Christian Mainstream - Contemporary, Adventure Mainstream - Contemporary, Gay/Bisexual Mystery Suspense Speculative Fiction Fantasy Romance - Regency Romance - Western Historical Children's 9-12
Breakthrough: "Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do." by D. Marion Wilkinson

Chapter Eight: The Sample Chapter Tells All
Which Sample Chapters?
First Chapters - Expectations First Pages - Expectations To Prologue or Not to Prologue Mechanics of Format and Submission Breakthrough: "Every Minute Counts" by Marne Davis Kellogg

Chapter Nine: Researching Publishers and Agents
Setting Up Your Own File Publishers' Specifications Directories Trade Journals Classification of Literary Agents Databases, Acknowledgments, and Word-of-Mouth Opinions Breakthrough: "Bring the Body and the Mind Will Follow" by Martha Lawrence

Chapter Ten: Systematic Marketing
Your Marketing Target Executing Your Plan Taking Stock Breakthrough: "The Power of Persistence" by Micah Perks

Chapter Eleven: Goodbye Rejection: Hello Re-direction
The Re-direction Process Defined Consciousness Raising 101
Dreamcrushers Four Types of Rejection Letters Personal Re-direction Breakthrough: "The Ideal Writer-Agent Partnership" by Melissa Jensen, author of Regency Romances

Chapter Twelve: Choosing the Right Agent for You
30 Questions to Ask the Agent You May Hire Red Flags in the Author-Agent Relationship Breakthrough: "Writing from Soul" by Gregg Kleiner, author of a literary novel

Chapter Thirteen: The First Sale and Beyond
Negotiating Your Own Book Contract Agent or Lawyer for Hire Agent-represented Negotiations Shaping Your Career Second-book Queries Managing Success

Appendices: Sample Author/Agent Contract; Resource Directory Index About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    KEEP THIS ONE BESIDE YOUR COMPUTER!

    Ms. Lyon provides a no-hype, surprisingly detailed overview of how to get your novel in shape and make sure it gets noticed in the ever-shrinking market. She reveals the larger pattern of how your writing fits into the publishing puzzle and she provides a nicely detailed map of how to take advantage of every opportunity. The outstanding sidebars invite the use of sticky tabs for quick reference checks when you are burning the midnight oil on a contest submission deadline or a come-on from an agent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    A must read

    This is one of exactly two sensible books (that's one per decade) I've read about writing and selling fiction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    Practical help for first-time novelists

    This book is pitched at new novelists, and provides a very readable, practical and comprehensive guide to all aspects of promoting that first novel in today's highly competitive market, including both methods of self-promotion and the use of agents. The sections dealing with the use of synopses will also assist first-time novelists to tighten up the structure of their work before approaching agents and publishers. A valuable marketing took for new novelists and those who have cause to advise them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2003

    A Must-Have Resource

    I've learned so much from Elizabeth Lyon. I keep my copy of the Sell Your Novel Toolkit within arm's reach because I find it indispensable whenever I'm ready to market my manuscript, no matter what part of the process I'm involved with. From Lyon's book, I've learned how to write a query that catches the attention of the recipient, how to write a synopsis, how to format, and what I need to submit. I've also learned what to do if I get a rejection and what to do if my manuscript is accepted. I feel that Lyon has a sincere interest in helping writers achieve their dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    Toolkit delivers the goods!

    I jumped into the 'Sell Your Novel Toolkit' right away, pulling out information I needed immediately, then went back and read the entire book beginning to end. Ms. Lyon has done a superb job of packing all the tools a novel writer could need into her beautifully written 'Toolkit.' It's been my guide through each step of marketing my fiction. The amount of research packed into the appendices alone is worth the cost of the book.

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    A good desk reference for writers.

    This book is one of the best I have read on writing queries and synopses. It is geared to the beginning writer, but seasoned writers will benefit from this as well. I liked the fact that Elizabeth included a small section on personal encouraging/discouraging letters. It will truly give you a boost to have this handy guide for your writing projects. I recommend this novel for every writer's bookshelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    'Toolkit' Is The Writer's Bible

    Thanks to Elizabeth Lyon's 'Sell Your Novel Toolkit' book, I was able to complete a novel, write an effective query letter and synopsis that got much positive feedback from agents, obtain creditable agents, and ultimately sign a book deal with a major publishing company. I sincerely give Lyon's 'Toolkit' book credit for my success, and recommend that ANY writer looking to be published purchase this necessity! It is the path that will guide your career through the journey to success!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Awesome Book!

    You can put this book to use right away. It's well organized, crisp, and complete. Don't do as I did and wait until your novel is complete before reading it. It will help you from day one of your project. I had just finished my first novel, AnaPaul, and was trying to understand how to begin markeing it. This book was a Godsend. It was just what I needed to move forward. Lyon's insights into writing, publishing, and marketing are just invaluable. I had really been struggling to get my arms around the publishing landscape. Her book allowed me to very quickly categorize my book, see how it fits into the publishing universe, and put together a synopsis. It's a great investment. John

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