The Sell-Your-Novel Toolkit: Everything You Need to Know About Queries, Synopses, Marketing, & Breaking In

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Elizabeth Lyon offers her years of experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and consultant. Her thoughtful, step-by-step guide demystifies the publishing process, detailing what editors and agents want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy. Dozens of excerpts and full-length examples of successful synopses and queries are critiqued with suggestions for how you can use similar techniques and variations.
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Elizabeth Lyon offers her years of experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and consultant. Her thoughtful, step-by-step guide demystifies the publishing process, detailing what editors and agents want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy. Dozens of excerpts and full-length examples of successful synopses and queries are critiqued with suggestions for how you can use similar techniques and variations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936085401
  • Publisher: Blue Heron Publishing OR
  • Publication date: 10/15/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 How Novels Get Sold 1
Ch. 2 Beginning Your Marketing Toolkit 11
Ch. 3 Ready to Market? 32
Ch. 4 Dissecting the Synopsis 56
Ch. 5 Studying the Synopsis 76
Ch. 6 Dissecting the Query 110
Ch. 7 Successful Queries 136
Ch. 8 The Sample Chapter Tells All 186
Ch. 9 Researching Publishers and Agents 199
Ch. 10 Systematic Marketing 215
Ch. 11 Goodbye Rejection: Hello Re-direction 230
Ch. 12 Choosing the Right Agent for You 245
Ch. 13 The First Sale and Beyond 258
Appendices 269
About the Author 271
Sample Author-Agent Contract 272
Resource Directory 275
A On Craft & Technique 275
B Specific Aspects of Craft 276
C On Editing & Revision 277
D On the World of Publishing 278
E Contracts & Publishing Law 279
F Market Guides, Guilds, Associations of Publishers and Literary Agents 280
G General Interest Writers' Magazines and Trade Publications 282
H Writers' Conferences, Colonies, and Contests 283
I Writers' Organizations, Trade Groups, Internet Web Sites 284
Index 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Extremely Useful!

    I have the Sell Your Novel Toolkit' and keep it within arm's reach because I find it so valuable whenever I'm ready to resubmit my manuscript. I was very impressed with the book's approach because I definitely got the feeling that Lyon has a sincere interest in helping writers achieve their dream. Reaching publication is probably more of a challenge than it ever was before, but people like her are an inspiration to not give up, and she shows us how to go about it in an easy to follow manner.

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