The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, 2E [NOOK Book]

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Getting a novel or other work published remains one of the most mysterious processes in business today. For writers, the mystery of getting published resides in unanswered questions. Do I have to have an agent? What will an agent do for me? How does publishing work? How much do I get paid? How do I protect my work? And most importantly, what happens in those mysterious agent/author lunches? Using the comprehensive and easy-to-read format of the Complete Idiot's Guide series, the Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting ...
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Overview

Getting a novel or other work published remains one of the most mysterious processes in business today. For writers, the mystery of getting published resides in unanswered questions. Do I have to have an agent? What will an agent do for me? How does publishing work? How much do I get paid? How do I protect my work? And most importantly, what happens in those mysterious agent/author lunches? Using the comprehensive and easy-to-read format of the Complete Idiot's Guide series, the Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, 2E, gives new and experienced authors alike tips, advice and practical step-by-step instructions for writing book proposals and query letters, pitching ideas to agents and editors and writing outlines and sample chapters. In addition, expert authors Sheree Bykofski (an agent in New York) and Jennifer Sander (a published author) share with readers everything from how to manage deadlines to a typical book editor's work day. With a thorough explanation of the book publishing business, the authors provide writers with the most usable book in the category.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101222096
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/9/2000
  • Series: THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 905 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    Well worth the time and money!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    Polished

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    I'm Proof this Book Works

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    First Time Writers

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2009

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    What a GREAT Informative Book!

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    A Great Guide to Getting Published!

    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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2009

    I like that you can skip around and find what is of interest as you need an answer.

    I think this book will help me to get published. I enjoy the humor.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    My letter to Sheree and Jennifer

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    good book, but...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    Giving Yourself the Edge

    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.

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