The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Guide to Getting Published: The Essential Guide for Authors

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Written from the writer's point of view, this is an expert guide to the process of getting published, from submitting your work and finding an agent, to working with a publishing house and understanding the book trade. Harry Bingham, author of 7 titles for a leading international publisher which include both fiction and non-fiction , is founder of the editorial services agency the Writers Workshop. From his own experience, and that of working with new authors, together with interviews from authors, agents and ...

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Overview

Written from the writer's point of view, this is an expert guide to the process of getting published, from submitting your work and finding an agent, to working with a publishing house and understanding the book trade. Harry Bingham, author of 7 titles for a leading international publisher which include both fiction and non-fiction , is founder of the editorial services agency the Writers Workshop. From his own experience, and that of working with new authors, together with interviews from authors, agents and publishers - his book provides expert advice on the best way to find a market for your writing.
Topics include:* how to find an agent or publisher
• how to present your work
• cover letters and synopses
• contractual terms with both agent and publisher
• how the book trade works
• working with publishers and the editorial process
• your role in helping to publicize your work.

Getting Published will enable you to market your work more professionally, understand the relationship you will have with both agent and publisher and offers a contemporary inside view of the publishing industry. Along with the essential contacts in the Writers and Artists Yearbook, this is a professional tool you will not want to be without.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408128954
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Bingham has written five novels and founded The Writer's Workshop.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Katie Fforde ix

Introduction xi

1 Getting Ready 1

Motives and Expectations 3

Is Your Book Ready to Go? 13

How to Assemble a Proposal 29

Which Agent? Which Publisher? 38

Protecting Your Copyright 56

Manuscript Presentation 60

Titles, Opening Lines, Opening Chapters 69

Covering Letters 74

The Synopsis 87

2 Planet Agent 91

Approaching Agents and Publishers 93

Communications from Planet Agent 98

An Introduction to Planet Agent 108

Things to Ask an Agent 116

Signing Up with an Agent 121

Alternatives to Agents 125

3 How The Book Trade Works 131

The Market 133

4 Getting Your Book Deal 151

A Publisher's Offer 153

Choosing your Publisher 160

Advances, Rights and Royalties 172

Your Publishing Contract 182

Libel and Other Routes to Bankruptcy 207

Towards World Domination 213

5 Towards Production 223

Working with Publishers 225

Editorial 237

Copy-editing, Proofreading and the Clan Pedantic 249

Cover Design and Tide 254

Blurb 263

6 Publication 269

Sales and Marketing 271

Marketing 377

Publicity 282

The Day of Publication and After 298

7 Life After Publication 301

From Hardback to Paperback 303

Working with Small Publishers 306

Self-publishing 310

Second-novel Syndrome and Other Afflictions 327

Taxes, Mortgages and Other Pleasures 333

Staying Alive and Staying Published 336

Conclusion 345

Facts and Figures 347

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