The Author's Handbook

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Providing essential guidance for both aspiring and experienced authors, the second edition of The Author's Handbook is a valuable resource for writers of all levels. Extensively updated and expanded to account for significant changes in the publishing industry, The Author's Handbook outlines effective techniques to develop marketable book ideas, research those ideas, and write a manuscript—either fiction or nonfiction—for publication. The authors provide many tips on topics that include choosing a publisher, ...
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Overview

Providing essential guidance for both aspiring and experienced authors, the second edition of The Author's Handbook is a valuable resource for writers of all levels. Extensively updated and expanded to account for significant changes in the publishing industry, The Author's Handbook outlines effective techniques to develop marketable book ideas, research those ideas, and write a manuscript—either fiction or nonfiction—for publication. The authors provide many tips on topics that include choosing a publisher, negotiating contracts, understanding legal matters, and promoting your work. With this guide, the reader will gain insight into virtually every aspect of publishing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299214845
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Franklynn Peterson and Judi Kesselman-Turkel currently publish the newsletter CPA Computer Report. They have published more than twenty books including The Magazine Writer’s Handbook and the Study Smart series, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press. They are long-standing members of the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, of which Peterson serves as treasurer. They live in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I How to sell you book
1 A publishing primer 3
2 Can your idea become a book? 13
3 When, why, and how to look for an agent 25
4 How to approach a publisher with your book 35
5 How to package a dynamite book proposal 42
6 Book contracts : how to read and negotiate them 75
7 Is self-publication for you? 90
Pt. II How to write your book
8 How to organize and do research 101
9 How to collect first-hand information 112
10 Three ways to write exciting nonfiction 126
11 Five ways to write a first novel 138
12 How to edit and prepare your final manuscript 146
13 How and when to prepare illustrations 156
Pt. III The business of writing
14 What to expect from your editor (and when) 167
15 How to help with book sales 175
16 The writer and the law 191
17 Coping with the writer's life 203
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