The Call of the Writer's Craft: Writing and Selling the Book Within

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Getting a book successfully published is as much about talent and creative drive as it is a matter of determination and business practice. Luckily for would-be authors, this book delivers the how-to on both the creativity and the business.

Lecturer and writing retreat leader Tom Bird introduces authors to their Divine Author Within, and guides them through the process of listening to this inner muse. They will learn how to tap into their "creative connected mind" and relax their...

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Overview

Getting a book successfully published is as much about talent and creative drive as it is a matter of determination and business practice. Luckily for would-be authors, this book delivers the how-to on both the creativity and the business.

Lecturer and writing retreat leader Tom Bird introduces authors to their Divine Author Within, and guides them through the process of listening to this inner muse. They will learn how to tap into their "creative connected mind" and relax their "logical critical mind" so they will be able to write the book they've always wanted to--in just two drafts!

Once the book is complete, writers learn how to sell their book. Bird instructs his readers how to successfully navigate the publishing world so that they can make the right choices for their work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598698541
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 7/18/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 969,730
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Tom Bird (Sedona, AZ) is a bestselling writer and the guru behind the Tom Bird Methodâ„¢. Mr. Bird remains committed to sharing his method with writers all across the globe. He has made over 3,000 lecture appearances before more than 50,000 students at over 110 different campuses. Mr. Bird also hosts intensive retreats, including one on book publicity and promotion. The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, Boston Globe and Herald, and New York Times have all featured articles about him or his work.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xiii

part 1 Thirty Days or Fewer to Write Your Book 1

chapter 1 Begin Your Journey 3

chapter 2 The Truth 15

chapter 3 The Seventeen Principles of Writing 25

chapter 4 Commitment 65

chapter 5 Guaranteeing Your Success 73

chapter 6 The Final Draft for This Phase of Your Life 79

chapter 7 Sharing Your First Book and Writing Your Second One 87

part 2 Getting Published 93

chapter 8 What You Most Need to Know about Publishing 95

chapter 9 Writing an Effective Query Letter 125

chapter 10 Choosing a Literary Agent, Part I 137

chapter 11 Choosing a Literary Agent, Part II 149

chapter 12 Waiting for Your Book to Find a Publisher 169

conclusion

The Most Important Law in Regard to Getting Published 177

appendix a Checklist of Responsibilities for Self-Publication 179

appendix b Sample Query Letters 191

appendix c Sample Query Letter Responses from Literary Agents 205

appendix d Sample Nonfiction Submission Package 211

Index 229

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    A Great Writer's Handbook

    Author Tom Bird has an intuitive gift for knowing exactly what writers need to succeed and with The Call of the Writer's Craft, his newest book, he leads them directly into the reality of writing and selling their work and becoming the accomplished author they have always dreamed of being. Tom Bird shines a light into every dark and intimidating corner of the writing and publishing world proving there is nothing to fear but fear itself. He not only covers all possible topics relating to the creative process and securing book deals but shows the reader examples of what he is talking about in the appendix section and provides an index for quick reference use of his book. All that is unknown quickly and concisely becomes known in this efficiently written writer's handbook. Having read several separate topic books on writing, publishing, editing and finding a literary agent before reading Tom Bird's The Call of the Writer's Craft , I can honestly say I have never come across a book as thorough and comprehensive as this one. Tom Bird gives the aspiring author every tool possible to assist them in bringing their dream to fruition including extensive information on self publishing, writing exercises to help them get out of their own way, specific instructions for simple and effective self editing, query letter instruction and genre specific book proposal examples. "The Call" is also filled with witty quotes, "Pearls of Wisdom" and "Divine Writer Within" inspirations. Tom Bird's The Call of the Writer's Craft leaves the reader/writer with no valid reason for not starting and COMPLETING their great American novel today! Thank you Tom Bird!

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