The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published

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by Sheree Bykofsky, Jennifer Basye Sander
     
 

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Getting a novel or other work published remains one of the most mysterious processes in business today. Using the comprehensive and easy-to-read format of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, Second Edition, you'll learn practical steps to get your masterpiece published. Learn how to write book proposals and query letters, how to pitch ideas to…  See more details below

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Getting a novel or other work published remains one of the most mysterious processes in business today. Using the comprehensive and easy-to-read format of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, Second Edition, you'll learn practical steps to get your masterpiece published. Learn how to write book proposals and query letters, how to pitch ideas to agents and editors, how to write outlines and sample chapters, and how to deal with publishing companies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028639192
Publisher:
Alpha Books
Publication date:
08/09/2000
Series:
Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

Sheree Bykofsky, the founder and owner of the Sheree Bykofsky Literary Agency, has written and represented hundreds of successful titles over her long publishing career. She regularly teaches university courses on publishing and speaks at writers' conferences across the country.
Jennifer Basye Sander has been an author and book packager for nearly 20 years. Her career has spanned all aspects of the business, from retail sales and book acquisition to editorial and publicity. She and her husband founded the Big City Books Group, which develops book projects and has over 40 successful books in print.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an aspiring novelist who is finishing up my first book, I ordered the Idiot's Guide to Getting Published and devoured it cover to cover. What a GREAT book! The information was both sobering (the behind-the-scenes realities of publishing) and reassuring (there *are* many things I can do to improve my odds of getting published and sell a lot of books). I consider this book a gift from the authors to all writers who want to be professionals at their craft. The insider information is presented clearly, and with great compassion and understanding for the writer. I loved it and I learned a LOT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the way technical books should ALWAYS be written. After reading this book, I think I have a pretty polished idea of the book publishing process. In fact, I think any...well, idiot, could understand this book. These two authors explained the steps involved from query letters, to proposals, to agents, to behind-the-scene editorial meetings and with such dry topics, they made this seem so interesting. I have a whole new respect for editors and will take both of these ladies' advice. P.S. The Artist from Absentia has a point though--I wonder how the agent goes about her day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am living proof that the information in this book is invaluable if you want to get published. As a first-time author, I used the proposal formula and query letter suggestions and had two offers within a week, without using an agent. The recommendations on how to develop a proposal and query letters are absolutely on target.
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If you are seriously attempting to have a manuscript published, this book is very helpful. It is both organized and full of useful information that you will need, even before you contact any possible publishers.
SmithPublish More than 1 year ago
The information was both a reality check - the realities of publishing, and reassuring - the steps to getting you there. The information is presented clearly, in layman terms, with updated information on changes in the publishing industry, as well as a CD-ROM with sample pitch letters, proposal templates and a comprehensive list of literary agents and the like - to fantastic author websites and more. Each chapter is set up with the needed information, little asides - Hot Off The Press - tales about the publishing world, Definition - publishing terms clearly explained, Slush Pile - warnings of what to avoid, and Experts Say - additional industry colleagues share their expertise, and end with The Least You Need to Know - at the end of each chapter. I consider this an excellent source for writers that are willing to DO THE WORK to become published authors or professional writers.
Jane_Pedler More than 1 year ago
Well, this book might be entitled "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published," but I can assure you that by the time you finish reading it and viewing the CD Rom also enclosed, (a feature I was especially impressed by...never came across a "getting published" book before that had such a feature,) you will no longer be a "complete idiot." You will be clearly, and well, informed on the publishing process. I highly recommend this book, which I, as an author, found extremely useful. Buy it, and get a true insight into the world of publishing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book will help me to get published. I enjoy the humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To Sheree and Jennifer: I have enjoyed and appreciated your book immensely, it has been my friend. It was a Godsend. It was just what I was telling my husband, David, that I wanted; a NO B.S., straight-talk book about doing the deed. You all did an outstanding job putting it together for the rest of us Complete Idiots. I was so unnerved about getting my feet wet in the writing/publishing biz, but I am actually looking forward to the journey now. There is still an ocean to cross, but the waters are calmer, warmer and a lot more easy to navigate. Shoooo weeeee. Thank you, ...wishing you health, success and happiness, Julia F. Mechlin
Guest More than 1 year ago
The advice is sound as far is it goes, but the test will be how the author, an agent herself, responds to a query letter based on her advice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guide is clear, up-to-date and encouraging. It's definitely the best book I've read on getting into print - and what to do afterwards to make sure your book is a winner. I highly recommend following it through step-by-step before you begin writing and certainly before you even think of sending anything out.